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.

Jun. 12, 2014

5 facts about today’s fathers

As the American family changes, fatherhood is changing in important and sometimes surprising ways.

Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2014

The polarized Congress of today has its roots in the 1970s

You don’t have to look hard to see evidence of political polarization – just watch cable news, listen to talk radio or follow social-media debates. Indeed, a new Pew Research Center report finds that Americans are more ideologically polarized today than they’ve been in at least two decades. Their representatives in Congress are divided too, and have […]

Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2014

7 things to know about polarization in America

Political polarization is the defining feature of early 21st century American politics, both among the public and elected officials. Our study finds that Republicans and Democrats are further apart than at any point in recent history.

Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2014

How Pew Research conducted the polarization survey and launched a new research panel

Throughout its history, the Pew Research Center has periodically conducted major surveys that take an in-depth look at important trends in American political attitudes and behavior. Today we released one such survey on political polarization, which is arguably the defining feature of early 21st century American politics. This is reflected not only in the public’s […]

Fact Tank Jun. 11, 2014

Can Twitter survive in a Facebook world? The key is being different

In November 2010, 8% of online adults used the platform. As of January 2014, 19% of online adults were using Twitter.

Fact Tank Jun. 11, 2014

Tea Partiers are not all immigration hawks

Only a minority of Republican voters take a hard-line stance on immigration.