Fact Tank Sep. 13, 2013

Nation’s debt has nearly reached its $16.7 trillion ceiling

The federal debt ceiling is nearly $16.7 trillion.

Fact Tank Sep. 12, 2013

Americans perceive an uneven recovery — and they’re right

Americans have a pretty good sense of how well different aspects of the economy have — and haven’t — recovered from the Great Recession.

Fact Tank Sep. 12, 2013

Few Americans have confidence in Putin or trust Russia

As the U.S. explores a Russian plan for securing Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, it does so at a time when the American public is skeptical about Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin.

Fact Tank Sep. 11, 2013

Colorado recall points to greater intensity among gun-rights supporters

Supporters of gun-rights tend to feel more strongly about their position, and more willing to act on it politically, than backers of gun-control legislation.

Fact Tank Sep. 11, 2013

U.S. spends over $16 billion annually on counter-terrorism

Amount the U.S. intelligence community proposed to spend on counter-terrorism in fiscal 2013.

Fact Tank Sep. 9, 2013

As French, U.S. leaders push for Syria action, their people are united in opposition

The American and French publics, who a decade ago bitterly disagreed over the U.S. invasion of Iraq, now see eye-to-eye on the looming military strike against Syria because of its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people. In principle they both think there are times when it is necessary to use military force […]

Fact Tank Sep. 6, 2013

In foreign affairs, Americans are less receptive to moral arguments

Americans generally are less willing to support foreign policies on moral or humanitarian grounds than when they are cast as directly benefiting the United States or its allies.

Fact Tank Sep. 4, 2013

Most members of Congress have little direct military experience

Veterans make up a smaller share of Congress than at any time in the past five decades.

Fact Tank Aug. 30, 2013

Majority of Americans say government should not force federal marijuana laws on states

Six-in-ten Americans say that the federal government should not enforce its marijuana laws in states that permit use.

Fact Tank Aug. 28, 2013

Remembering Katrina: Wide racial divide over government’s response

Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Tomorrow marks another, less heralded event in the history of U.S. race relations.