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.

Fact Tank Mar. 24, 2015

High-income Americans pay most income taxes, but enough to be ‘fair’?

By design, wealthier Americans pay most of the nation’s total individual income taxes.

Fact Tank Mar. 11, 2015

Jobs situation looks brighter as employers seek to fill more positions

There were 1.8 unemployed people per job opening in January, another indicator of the improving jobs situation.

Fact Tank Mar. 5, 2015

50 years ago: Mixed views about civil rights but support for Selma demonstrators

In 1965, America’s verdict on Selma was clear: Polling showed the public clearly siding with the demonstrators, not with the state of Alabama.