Fact Tank Jan. 28, 2015

Budget deficit dropping, but public still concerned

While the $467.5 billion deficit projection for fiscal 2015 is the lowest since 2007, the nonpartisan agency predicts higher deficits in the years to come. Meanwhile, the public’s concerns about reducing the deficit have varied over the past two decades, according to the Pew Research Center’s annual policy priorities surveys.

Fact Tank Jan. 26, 2015

Despite progress, U.S. still lags many nations in women leaders

Women now make up 20% of Congress, a record high. But women have more representation in most countries’ national legislatures.

Fact Tank Jan. 20, 2015

State of the Union 2015: How Americans see the nation, their leaders and the issues

As President Obama delivers the State of the Union address Jan. 20, here’s a primer of U.S. public opinion on top issues, the state of the nation and the country’s political leaders.

Fact Tank Jan. 19, 2015

On MLK Day, a look at black and white America

Nearly 47 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, blacks and whites in the United States in many ways continue to live starkly different lives.

Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2015

Job shifts under Obama: Fewer government workers, more caregivers, servers and temps

The healthcare industry, food and drink establishments and temp services have driven most of the jobs growth since Barack Obama took office nearly six years ago.

Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2015

Women have long history in Congress, but until recently there haven’t been many

A record 108 women are serving in the new House and Senate, but that’s still only a fifth of the total membership.

Fact Tank Jan. 12, 2015

Many in U.S. followed Charlie Hebdo story closely, but past terrorist incidents abroad drew more attention

The attack on the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo claiming 12 lives was the most closely followed news in the U.S. last week, but interest in the story was not as high when compared with four previous terrorist incidents abroad.

Fact Tank Jan. 12, 2015

Will GOP-run Congress lead to more Obama vetoes? History suggests yes

Some political observers predict that Obama will be using his veto pen a lot more in his last two years in office than he did in the first six. Recent history indicates that presidents do veto more bills when both houses of Congress are controlled by the opposing party.

Fact Tank Jan. 9, 2015

A public opinion trend that matters: Priorities for gun policy

Surveys have found a shift in gun policy attitudes over time. Here’s a look at how public opinion on the subject is measured.

Fact Tank Jan. 7, 2015

GOP Congress takes over amid public pessimism about an end to divisions

The new GOP-controlled Congress takes office at a time when the American public sees partisan rifts in the country getting worse.