Fact Tank May. 20, 2015

5 facts about the minimum wage

While the idea of raising the minimum wage is broadly popular, efforts to do so at the national level have stalled. We gathered key facts looking at the issue.

Fact Tank May. 19, 2015

More Americans are using social media to connect with politicians

Overall, 16% of registered voters follow candidates for office, political parties, or elected officials on a social networking site.

Fact Tank May. 18, 2015

With trade on Congress’ agenda, just what does the U.S. import and export?

Though crude oil continues to be the nation’s single biggest import, energy exports have risen sharply. Exports of some metals and agricultural products also have grown rapidly.

Fact Tank May. 14, 2015

Dim public awareness of Supreme Court as major rulings loom

The U.S. Supreme Court remains an institution whose members – and even the facts about some of its most important decisions – are a mystery to many Americans.

Fact Tank May. 6, 2015

U.S. voter turnout trails most developed countries

Among the 34 countries in the OECD, the U.S. ranks 31st in terms of turnout among the voting-age population, but seventh in terms of turnout among registered voters.

Fact Tank Apr. 28, 2015

Divide between blacks and whites on police runs deep

Race and community relations have become the focal point of tension in a series of incidents over the past year.

Fact Tank Apr. 27, 2015

Job categories where union membership has fallen off most

The American public’s generally favorable view of labor unions hasn’t stopped, or even slowed, union membership’s long decline.

Fact Tank Apr. 22, 2015

Conservatives are among the most politically active Americans

By several measures, conservative Republicans – and conservatives more generally – are more politically active than most other segments of the population.

Fact Tank Apr. 22, 2015

America’s death row population is shrinking

While most Americans continue to favor the death penalty for murder convictions, far fewer people are receiving death sentences than in years past.

Fact Tank Apr. 17, 2015

5 facts about the BP oil spill

The 2010 spill was one of the two biggest stories of the year in terms of news interest. Support for offshore drilling plummeted, but has largely recovered.