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%).
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.
For many Americans, a ‘meh’ midterm
Midterm elections rarely excite the general public, but 2014 is shaping up to be an especially underwhelming cycle for many Americans.
Who’s in charge of the Fed? Don’t bank on public knowing the answer
Just 24% of Americans can correctly pick out Janet Yellen — from a list of four — as the chair of the Federal Reserve Board.
How’s the job market? Ups, downs of public sentiment mirror official stats
Americans have a good general sense of the relative strength of the job market, even if they’re fuzzy on specifics such as the unemployment rate.
The GOP’s Millennial problem runs deep
Millennials are the most liberal age group and are more likely to lean towards the Democrats. But in addition to that, Millennials who identify with the GOP are also less conservative than Republicans in other generations.
Congress still on track to be among least productive in recent history
The current Congress remains on pace to be one of the least legislatively productive in recent history.
Polls show most Americans believe in climate change, but give it low priority
In the U.S., a solid majority believe there is evidence that global warming is happening, but they do not rank global climate change as one of the top threats facing the country.
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.
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.