Fact Tank Oct. 30, 2014

Heading into midterms, Americans still as bummed out as they were in 2012, 2010

Despite somewhat better feelings about the economy, Americans’ collective mood is much the same as it was ahead of the last two general elections.

Fact Tank Oct. 29, 2014

Registered voters, likely voters, turnout rates: What does it all mean to 2014 election forecasts?

How many Americans are likely to vote, and which voters in the survey are the likely voters? Important as these questions are, there is almost no consensus among the pollsters as to how to identify each of these groups.

Fact Tank Oct. 24, 2014

19% say they get news from a source they distrust

A significant number of web-using adults get at least some of their news about government and politics from sources that they distrust – a concept that may seem puzzling.

Fact Tank Oct. 23, 2014

Who will turn out to vote in November? A look at likely voters through the lens of the Political Typology

An analysis of our eight Political Typology groups finds that those most likely to vote in the midterms are the three who are most ideological, highly politically engaged and overwhelmingly partisan.

Fact Tank Oct. 21, 2014

Ebola ranks among highest in news interest since 2010

About half of U.S. adults (49%) followed Ebola news very closely last week, elevating the story to our list of most-followed events since 2010.

Fact Tank Oct. 20, 2014

Debate over inequality highlights sharp partisan divisions on the issue

Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen addressed the issue of inequality in a speech last week, an issue on which there is a sharp partisan divide.

Fact Tank Oct. 15, 2014

Romney (again) in 2016? That would be unusual, but not unprecedented

Only nine major-party candidates have won a second presidential nomination after losing a previous election, and only four of those won the second time around.

Fact Tank Oct. 15, 2014

Gay marriage arrives in the South, where the public is less enthused

Nationwide, 52% of Americans support gay marriage. In the South, 44% of people support gay marriage – well below the East (61%), West (58%) and Midwest (52%).

Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2014

For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades

For most U.S. workers, inflation-adjusted wages have been flat or falling for decades, regardless of whether the economy has been adding or subtracting jobs. The $4.03-an-hour rate recorded in January 1973 has the same purchasing power as $22.41 would today.

Fact Tank Oct. 8, 2014

For many Americans, a β€˜meh’ midterm

Midterm elections rarely excite the general public, but 2014 is shaping up to be an especially underwhelming cycle for many Americans.