Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2013

5 facts about the national debt: What you should know

Basic facts on the national debt: How big it is, who we owe it to, how much we pay in interest and more

U.S. Politics Oct. 7, 2013

Partisans Dug in on Budget Impasse

44% of Americans say that Republican leaders should agree to a budget deal without cuts or delays to the 2010 health care law, while 42% say it is Obama who should agree to cuts or delays in the law.

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.