Fact Tank Jun. 17, 2014

Which party is more to blame for political polarization? It depends on the measure

Our report on political polarization in America has renewed debate among journalists and academics over what is called “asymmetrical polarization” – the idea that one party has moved further ideologically than the other. A number of congressional scholars have concluded that the widening partisan gap in Congress is attributable mostly to a rightward shift among […]

Fact Tank Jun. 17, 2014

A dug-in electorate bodes poorly for the Democrats in November

Since the Affordable Care Act was passed nearly four years ago, a plurality of Americans have disapproved of it. Since the onset of the Great Recession 6 years ago, more than 80% of Americans have rated economic conditions as only fair or poor. And since winning a second term, Barack Obama’s approval score has mostly been in the mid-40s or lower.

Fact Tank Jun. 16, 2014

In countries near Syria, widespread fear about the spread of violence, extremists

Middle East worries about spreading violence and a possible triumph by extremists in Syria have been evident in Pew Research surveys the past two years.

Fact Tank Jun. 16, 2014

So, you married an atheist…

Most Christians would be unhappy if a family member married an atheist.

Fact Tank Jun. 16, 2014

5 facts about the World Cup – and the people who are watching

Aside from the Olympics, there are few events that garner as much global coverage as the World Cup.

Fact Tank Jun. 13, 2014

1-in-4 Native Americans and Alaska Natives are living in poverty

On his visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota today, President Obama is using his first stop at a Native American reservation while in office to highlight the challenges Native Americans face. In an op-ed published in Indian Country Today, Obama called the poverty and high school dropout rates among Native Americans […]

Fact Tank Jun. 13, 2014

Why we didn’t include the y-axis on our polarization chart

In a histogram, it’s the area under the curve that matters, not the height of any specific point. The total area under the curve is equal to 100% of respondents, but we are most interested in where respondents fall along the horizontal axis.

Fact Tank Jun. 13, 2014

Chart of the Week: The World Cup of (almost) everything

Interactive brackets let you see how the 32 nations competing in the World Cup stack up on 70 different sporting, economic and social indicators.

Fact Tank Jun. 13, 2014

How the most ideologically polarized Americans live different lives

For America’s most ardent liberals and conservatives, polarization begins at home. In what may seem like stereotypes come to life, a new Pew Research Center study on political polarization finds that conservatives would rather live in large houses in small towns and rural areas — ideally among people of the same religious faith — while liberals opt […]

Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2014

More Americans say U.S. failed to achieve its goals in Iraq

As Sunni militants make a major military push against the central government in Iraq, the Obama administration is said to have rebuffed requests from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to use drones to strike at extremist bases. That reported reluctance follows years of U.S. military intervention in Iraq that many Americans say was misguided and failed to achieve its goals.