Fact Tank Jul. 24, 2015

Half of all church fires in past 20 years were arsons

Of the 4,705 reported fire incidents at houses of worship between 1996 and 2015, 2,378, or 51%, have been ruled intentional.

Fact Tank May. 14, 2015

Methods can matter: Where Web surveys produce different results than phone interviews

A Pew Research Center experiment found several key areas where Web surveys produced different results than those conducted by phone.

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.

Aug. 27, 2014

Within the black community, young and old differ on police searches, discrimination

Recent survey data from the Pew Research Center suggest that there are sharp divides between younger and older blacks on the issues of police searches and discrimination more broadly.

Aug. 12, 2014

Vast majority of blacks view the criminal justice system as unfair

Seven-in-ten blacks said that blacks in their community were treated less fairly than whites in dealings with the police, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey.

Apr. 9, 2014

The Civil Rights Act at 50: Racial divides persist on how much progress has been made

A half century after passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, a wide disparity persists between blacks and whites over how much progress has been made.

Fact Tank Feb. 21, 2014

More hate crimes motivated by victims’ ethnicity

In about half of the cases of reported hate crimes, victims believed their ethnic background motivated the offender.

Fact Tank Nov. 26, 2013

Study: Muslim job candidates may face discrimination in Republican states

Job candidates who posted their Muslim identity on Facebook received fewer interview calls than those whose posts suggested they were Christian. The contrast was particularly notable in Republican-leaning states.

Nov. 4, 2013

As Congress considers action again, 21% of LGBT adults say they faced workplace discrimination

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said last week he planned to bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the Senate floor. The measure has been advocated by the LGBT community, 57% of whom who say that equal employment rights should be a “top priority.”

Fact Tank Sep. 16, 2013

Miss America pageant puts Indian Americans in the spotlight

This past weekend, for the first time in its history, the Miss America pageant crowned an Indian American as the winner. The announcement was followed by a barrage of tweets disparaging the beauty queen’s ethnic heritage and questioning whether her Indian background makes her less “American.” The new Miss America is 24-year-old Nina Davuluri of […]