With trade on Congress’ agenda, just what does the U.S. import and export?
Though crude oil continues to be the nation’s single biggest import, energy exports have risen sharply. Exports of some metals and agricultural products also have grown rapidly.
Dim public awareness of Supreme Court as major rulings loom
The U.S. Supreme Court remains an institution whose members – and even the facts about some of its most important decisions – are a mystery to many Americans.
U.S. voter turnout trails most developed countries
Among the 34 countries in the OECD, the U.S. ranks 31st in terms of turnout among the voting-age population, but seventh in terms of turnout among registered voters.
Divide between blacks and whites on police runs deep
Race and community relations have become the focal point of tension in a series of incidents over the past year.
Job categories where union membership has fallen off most
The American public’s generally favorable view of labor unions hasn’t stopped, or even slowed, union membership’s long decline.
Conservatives are among the most politically active Americans
By several measures, conservative Republicans – and conservatives more generally – are more politically active than most other segments of the population.
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.
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.
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.
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%).