Fact Tank Feb. 25, 2015

Nearly all states allow religious exemptions for vaccinations

A Pew Research Center analysis found wide variation in vaccination exemptions across the country. Only Mississippi and West Virginia do not offer any nonmedical exemptions.

Fact Tank Feb. 25, 2015

South Korea’s Millennials downbeat about payoff of education, future

Young people there were less likely than those ages 50 and older to say children today will be better off financially than their parents.

Feb. 24, 2015

Is U.S. fertility at an all-time low? It depends

There are three main ways to measure fertility. None of them is “right” or “wrong,” but each tells a different story about when births bottomed out.

Fact Tank Feb. 24, 2015

A college degree wasn’t always a ‘must’ for U.S. presidential candidates

If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wins the Republican presidential nomination next year, he’ll be the first major-party nominee without a college degree since Barry Goldwater in 1964.

Feb. 23, 2015

6 facts about black Americans for Black History Month

Blacks have made progress on several fronts, including educational attainment and voting rates, but large gaps by race persist in areas such as wealth and poverty measures.

Feb. 20, 2015

Among LGBT Americans, bisexuals stand out when it comes to identity, acceptance

Compared with gay men and lesbians, bisexuals have a different perspective on their sexual orientation and a distinct set of experiences, a Pew Research survey found.

Fact Tank Feb. 19, 2015

Are Americans ready for Obama’s ‘middle class’ populism?

Trends in public opinion are in line with Obama’s agenda: The priority given to deficit reduction has slipped somewhat, while public support for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure has increased.

Fact Tank Feb. 19, 2015

The skills Americans say kids need to succeed in life

In a recent Pew Research survey, more respondents said communication skills were most important for children to have, followed by reading, math, teamwork, writing and logic. Science fell somewhere in the middle.

Fact Tank Feb. 18, 2015

European Millennials more likely than older generations to view China favorably

About half of young Europeans ages 18 to 33 have a positive view of China, but that view is tempered by their opinions about that country’s human rights record.

Fact Tank Feb. 16, 2015

Presidential job approval ratings from Ike to Obama

Perhaps no measure better captures the public’s sentiment toward the president than job approval. It dates back to the earliest days of public opinion polling, when George Gallup asked about Franklin D. Roosevelt starting in the 1930s.