Fact Tank Sep. 18, 2014

The nation’s wealth recovers, but largely for those at the top

The nation’s aggregate wealth continues to show signs of recovery, but that wealth recovery has been concentrated on the wealthiest Americans. Meanwhile, the aggregate net worth for America’s economic middle is actually declining.

Fact Tank Sep. 17, 2014

On Constitution Day, a look at proposed amendments and how seldom they go anywhere

Since 2003, 465 proposed constitutional amendments have been introduced in the House or Senate, including 82 in the current Congress alone. And they all have one thing in common: None of them have gone into effect.

Fact Tank Sep. 17, 2014

Young Americans divided over striking ISIS

Majorities of Republicans and Democrats approve of President Obama’s military plan against ISIS, but one group is not quite on board: younger people.

Fact Tank Sep. 16, 2014

10 big questions the Pew Research Center has tackled in the past decade

For Pew Research’s 10-year anniversary, here’s a list of 10 big research questions we’ve answered over the years that speak to broad ways that America and the world is changing.

Fact Tank Sep. 4, 2014

5 takeaways on how Americans view a world in crisis

The crises in the Middle East with ISIS and the power struggle with Russian in the Ukraine have caused Americans shift to their views on U.S. global involvement.

Fact Tank Sep. 3, 2014

Who runs for office? A profile of the 2%

Our data show that those who say they have sought office tend to be white, male and well-educated. In fact, while women account for half of the adult population, they are just a quarter of those who say they have run for office.

Fact Tank Aug. 25, 2014

In search of libertarians

About one-in-ten Americans (11%) describe themselves as libertarian and know what the term means.

Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2014

Chart of the Week: The most liberal and conservative big cities

Big cities in the U.S. tend toward the liberal side of the political spectrum, even when they’re within conservative states (residents of Austin sometimes joke that their city is “an island surrounded by Texas”). But which cities are more liberal — or conservative — than their reputations?

Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2014

How the Watergate crisis eroded public support for Richard Nixon

Nixon had won reelection in 1972 by a landslide and began his second term with a lofty 68% Gallup Poll approval rating in January 1973. But the Watergate scandal took a heavy toll on those ratings.

Fact Tank Aug. 1, 2014

The political middle still matters

Despite growing political polarization between the GOP and Democratic bases, there’s a sizable “middle” that still matters in elections.