Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2014

What the world thinks about economic opportunity and inequality

People in emerging and developing nations are optimistic about the financial future of their children. It’s a different story in richer nations, where most believe prospects for the next generation are grim.

Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2014

For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades

For most U.S. workers, inflation-adjusted wages have been flat or falling for decades, regardless of whether the economy has been adding or subtracting jobs. The $4.03-an-hour rate recorded in January 1973 has the same purchasing power as $22.41 would today.

Fact Tank Oct. 8, 2014

For many Americans, a ‘meh’ midterm

Midterm elections rarely excite the general public, but 2014 is shaping up to be an especially underwhelming cycle for many Americans.

Fact Tank Oct. 7, 2014

Blacks are lukewarm to gay marriage, but most say businesses must provide wedding services to gay couples

African Americans remain less likely than white Americans to support same-sex marriage, as has been the case for several years. But at the same time, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that a majority of blacks – a significantly bigger share than among whites – say that wedding-related businesses, such as caterers or florists, […]

Fact Tank Oct. 6, 2014

What today’s Supreme Court decision means for gay marriage

Today’s decision settles the issue in some states, but it has not ended the battle over same-sex marriage.

Fact Tank Oct. 6, 2014

Supreme Court to decide whether inmates have religious right to grow beards

The court will determine whether prison officials may prohibit or limit a Muslim inmate from growing a beard, which many Muslims believe is required by their faith.

Fact Tank Oct. 6, 2014

Who’s in charge of the Fed? Don’t bank on public knowing the answer

Just 24% of Americans can correctly pick out Janet Yellen — from a list of four — as the chair of the Federal Reserve Board.

Fact Tank Oct. 3, 2014

How’s the job market? Ups, downs of public sentiment mirror official stats

Americans have a good general sense of the relative strength of the job market, even if they’re fuzzy on specifics such as the unemployment rate.

Fact Tank Oct. 3, 2014

Vatican synod on family highlights discord between church teachings and U.S. Catholics’ views

A Vatican synod on the family comes at a time when most American Catholics say they disagree with their church’s teachings on issues such as birth control and divorce.

Fact Tank Oct. 2, 2014

U.S. deportations of immigrants reach record high in 2013

The Obama administration deported a record 438,421 unauthorized immigrants in fiscal year 2013, continuing a streak of stepped up enforcement that has resulted in 2 million deportations since Obama took office.