In debates, voters want to hear most about terrorism and the economy
Given the chance to decide how much time is spent on each of 10 specific issues, voters would allocate more time to discussions of the candidates’ plans on keeping the U.S. safe from terrorism and on economic growth and much less time to discussion of abortion policy.
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.
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.
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.
American trade issues aren’t just about China
Americans have good reason to worry about competition from China, the country with which the U.S. has its largest merchandise trade deficit. But competition from high-value exporters such as Germany also poses a challenge that, so far, has been largely ignored on the campaign trail.
For 2020, Census Bureau plans to trade paper responses for digital ones
The 2020 census could be the first in which most Americans are counted over the internet.
Most Americans say U.S. economic system is unfair, but high-income Republicans disagree
Is the U.S. economic system fair to most Americans, or is it “rigged” to favor the rich and powerful?
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Americans’ views of Fed depend on their politics
Republicans, especially conservative Republicans, were more likely to view the institution unfavorably.
5 facts about Social Security
Social Security has developed into one of the most popular federal programs, though that popularity is tempered by concern over its long-term financial outlook.