Fact TankOctober 2, 2013

About half of Americans say the political parties have grown so far apart that they can’t agree on solutions

Almost half of Americans say Congress is gridlocked because of the wide partisan gap; more than a third say it’s because of a few members who won’t compromise.

Fact TankOctober 1, 2013

How much might a government shutdown cost? Plenty, history says

The estimated cost of the two federal government shutdowns in fiscal 1996 was more than $1.4 billion ($2.1 billion in today’s dollars).

Fact TankSeptember 27, 2013

Lessons from the last government shutdown

The 1995-1996 government shutdowns didn’t help the GOP’s image, but the party had lost support among the public well before they happened.

Fact TankSeptember 27, 2013

Chart of the Week: The bipartisan federal debt limit

Raising the federal debt limit has given both Republicans and Democrats, in Congress and the White House, fits for decades.

Fact TankSeptember 26, 2013

Powered by oil and gas, U.S. energy production is on the rise

U.S. domestic energy production is rising — up 13.9% from 2005 to 2012, and on track to rise even more this year.

Fact TankSeptember 26, 2013

Republicans divided on impact of shutdown, willingness to compromise

The share of Tea Party Republicans who say the economic effect of a government shutdown will be major is 21 points lower than others in the GOP.

Fact TankSeptember 19, 2013

The latest News IQ Quiz: How our web visitors stack up against the public

Our online quiz-takers did better than the general public on each of the 13 questions in our latest News IQ Quiz.

Fact TankSeptember 19, 2013

Boehner’s hard line on budget is in step with GOP primary voters

This week, House Speaker John Boehner agreed to tie funding of the government to defunding Obamacare, as conservative members of his caucus have demanded. This proposal may be unlikely to survive the Democratic-controlled Senate, not to mention the president’s veto pen, but recent Pew Research Center surveys show that it is clearly in step with […]

Fact TankSeptember 19, 2013

Most uninsured Americans live in states that won’t run their own Obamacare exchanges

Almost six-in-ten uninsured Americans live in states that haven’t set up their own health-insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 17, 2013

Five years after country’s fiscal crisis, wide partisan gap exists over financial regulation

The share of Republicans who say government regulation of financial institutions has gone too far is 38 percentage points higher than Democrats.