Fact Tank Feb. 16, 2015

Presidential job approval ratings from Ike to Obama

Perhaps no measure better captures the public’s sentiment toward the president than job approval. It dates back to the earliest days of public opinion polling, when George Gallup asked about Franklin D. Roosevelt starting in the 1930s.

Fact Tank Feb. 13, 2015

From telegrams to Instagram, a look at presidents and technology

President Obama’s recent interviews with Buzzfeed and Vox, and his embrace of online news and social media more generally, stands in a long tradition of presidents employing novel communications technologies to speak to Americans directly.

Fact Tank Feb. 10, 2015

More openings and hires give Americans reason for greater job optimism

As openings and new hires hit levels not seen in years, more Americans say they’re hearing mostly good news about the jobs situation.

Fact Tank Feb. 6, 2015

Four signs of the improving U.S. jobs situation

The unemployment rate may get most of the attention, but why people are unemployed, and how long they’ve been out of work, can be just as telling about the state of the economy.

Fact Tank Feb. 3, 2015

NASA popularity still sky-high

NASA continues to be very popular among the public, with four times as many Americans holding a favorable view of the space agency as unfavorable (68% vs. 17%).

Fact Tank Jan. 29, 2015

The political divide on views toward Muslims and Islam

A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2014 shows that people who identify as Republicans or say they lean toward the Republican Party have more negative views of Muslims than do their Democratic counterparts.

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.