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.

Fact Tank Apr. 17, 2015

Running for president, and announcing it with a tweet

Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz are among just seven major-party presidential candidates who have used online venues to announce entering the race since 2004.

Fact Tank Apr. 17, 2015

Despite lower crime rates, support for gun rights increases

In December 2014, the balance of opinion flipped: For the first time, more Americans say protecting gun rights (52%) is more important than controlling gun ownership (46%).

Fact Tank Apr. 14, 2015

6 facts about marijuana

A new Pew Research Center survey on the nation’s drug policies found a continued support for legalizing marijuana. These are six key facts on views about the issue.

Fact Tank Apr. 13, 2015

The biggest U.S. tax breaks

The hundreds of exemptions, deductions and other breaks embedded in the tax code will cost the federal government more than $1.3 trillion this fiscal year.

Fact Tank Apr. 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s nomination would end long Cabinet drought

If she wins the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, she will be the first current or former Cabinet secretary nominated by a major party since 1928.

Fact Tank Apr. 10, 2015

A Clinton candidacy: Voters’ early impressions

Today, no more than about one-in-five Democratic voters see a good chance of voting for any other Democrat.

Fact Tank Apr. 10, 2015

5 facts on how Americans view taxes

Benjamin Franklin popularized the sentiment that nothing is certain “except death and taxes.” But the public isn’t too keen on the current federal tax system, with 59% saying there is so much wrong that Congress should completely change it (38% say it works pretty well and needs only minor changes). As April 15 rolls around […]

Fact Tank Mar. 30, 2015

Among developed nations, Americans’ tax bills are below average

Data from the OECD indicate that the U.S. has some of the lowest income taxes and social-insurance taxes among developed nations.