Fact TankMay 21, 2015

For Fact Tank’s anniversary, a look back at the news in the numbers

Here’s a roundup of our most-visited blog posts over the past year, along with some insights into the editorial thinking behind them.

Fact TankApril 14, 2015

6 facts about marijuana

A new Pew Research Center survey on the nation’s drug policies found a continued support for legalizing marijuana. These are six key facts on views about the issue.

Fact TankApril 10, 2015

5 facts on how Americans view taxes

Benjamin Franklin popularized the sentiment that nothing is certain “except death and taxes.” But the public isn’t too keen on the current federal tax system, with 59% saying there is so much wrong that Congress should completely change it (38% say it works pretty well and needs only minor changes). As April 15 rolls around […]

Pew Research CenterMarch 19, 2015

Federal Tax System Seen in Need of Overhaul

Americans’ top complaint about the tax system is not the amount they pay in taxes, but the feeling that some corporations and wealthy people do not pay their fair share.

Pew Research CenterMarch 4, 2015

Views of Government Policies Since Start of Great Recession

Majorities say that post-recession policies have helped large banks, large corporations and the wealthy, but not small businesses, the middle class or the poor.

Fact TankFebruary 11, 2015

States suing Obama over immigration programs are home to 46% of those who may qualify

A group of 26 states filed a lawsuit in December to stop his executive actions on immigration, arguing that he didn’t have the authority to make the changes.

Fact TankFebruary 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 TankJanuary 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 TankJanuary 21, 2015

Inequality is at top of the agenda as global elites gather in Davos

Income inequality will be a key topic of discussion for economic leaders meeting in Davos. Pew Research Center surveys also have shown that income inequality is a global cause for concern.

Pew Research CenterDecember 18, 2014

Despite Energy Boom, Little Change in Views of Energy Policies

Americans are becoming more aware of the domestic energy boom and the recent drop in gas prices. Yet, views of energy policies have changed only modestly since 2011.