Nov. 4, 2013

Black president by 2013? Twenty years ago, about half of Americans thought there was a good chance

The historic moment may not have come as a surprise to many. Twenty years ago, about half of Americans (54%) thought the chances were good that we would have a black president by now, according to a 1993 Gallup/CNN/USA Today survey of U.S. adults, while 45% thought the chances were slim.

Nov. 4, 2013

As Congress considers action again, 21% of LGBT adults say they faced workplace discrimination

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said last week he planned to bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the Senate floor. The measure has been advocated by the LGBT community, 57% of whom who say that equal employment rights should be a “top priority.”

Oct. 17, 2013

The ‘leisure gap’ between mothers and fathers

In America, fathers, on average, have about three hours more leisure time per week than mothers. This “leisure gap” has been consistent at least over the past decade. What are dads doing with their extra time? For the most part, they’re watching TV, according to new Pew Research Center analysis of data from the government-sponsored […]

Oct. 15, 2013

Crime rises among second-generation immigrants as they assimilate

Second-generation immigrants are just “catching up” with the rest of us, a new study says.

Oct. 9, 2013

Study: Polls may underestimate anti-gay sentiment and size of gay, lesbian population

A study using a novel research method raises questions.

Oct. 8, 2013

How to get census data during the government shutdown

We’ve found that there are still several ways to access government data.

Sep. 30, 2013

Study: Opposition to same-sex marriage may be understated in public opinion polls

Blame “social desirability” bias.

Sep. 25, 2013

At 42 months and counting, current job “recovery” is slowest since Truman was president

42 months after U.S. payrolls bottomed out, the economy still hasn’t recovered all 8.7 million jobs wiped out in the Great Recession — the longest and slowest recovery in the postwar era.

Sep. 25, 2013

Study: Awards may stifle future achievements, at least in math

Do prizes result in more brilliant work from the world’s best and brightest? Apparently not, at least in mathematics.

Sep. 24, 2013

The odds that you will give birth to a boy or girl depend on where in the world you live

Research over hundreds of years has consistently found that boys naturally outnumber girls at birth. The speculation is that this is nature’s way of countering the relatively high mortality rates of males, and creating more of a gender balance in the population.  While historically, there have been about 105 boys born for every 100 girls […]