Fact Tank Oct. 2, 2013

On Twitter: Dueling views on the shutdown and Obamacare

Two separate, but related conversations have been prominent on Twitter—one about the government shutdown and the other about President Obama’s health care law, the landmark legislation at the heart of the Congressional impasse that triggered the shutdown.

Fact Tank Oct. 2, 2013

Federal government shutdown: The data casualties

Which federal data sources are, aren’t and may be affected by the government shutdown.

Fact Tank Oct. 1, 2013

How much might a government shutdown cost? Plenty, history says

The estimated cost of the two federal government shutdowns in fiscal 1996 was more than $1.4 billion ($2.1 billion in today’s dollars).

U.S. Politics Sep. 30, 2013

Public Anger at Government Rises

Overall, 26% of Americans say they are angry at the federal government, while 51% feel frustrated. Just 17% say they are basically content with the government. Anger is most palpable among conservative Republicans.

Fact Tank Sep. 30, 2013

The last government shutdown and now: a different environment

As the government faces its first shutdown since 1995-1996, the standoff between the Obama administration and Republicans over the federal budget is occurring in a different public opinion environment than when President Bill Clinton faced off with the GOP-controlled House.

Fact Tank Sep. 27, 2013

Lessons from the last government shutdown

The 1995-1996 government shutdowns didn’t help the GOP’s image, but the party had lost support among the public well before they happened.

Fact Tank Sep. 27, 2013

Chart of the Week: The bipartisan federal debt limit

Raising the federal debt limit has given both Republicans and Democrats, in Congress and the White House, fits for decades.

U.S. Politics Sep. 26, 2013

Continued Support for Keystone XL Pipeline

Most Americans support building the Keystone XL pipeline and increasing energy production from traditional sources. Yet the public also favors stricter greenhouse gas emission limits for power plants and is more opposed to fracking and nuclear power.

Fact Tank Sep. 20, 2013

Majority of Americans say banks, large corporations benefitted most from U.S. economic policies

Nearly seven-in-ten Americans say large banks and financial institutions have benefited the most from post-recession government policies.

U.S. Politics Sep. 18, 2013

Republicans Sour on Ben Bernanke

As Ben Bernanke prepares to step down as chairman of the Federal Reserve in January, the public views him somewhat more favorably (38%) than unfavorably (31%), with 32% unable to offer a rating.