U.S. Politics Feb. 11, 2014

Mixed Views of Economic News Persist

Over the past year, both the unemployment rate and the share of Americans in the labor force have fallen. The stock market rose during much of 2013, before falling at the start of this year. Through it all, the public’s perceptions of economic news have changed very little.

U.S. Politics Dec. 18, 2013

No Improvement in Public’s Views of Economic News

As the Federal Reserve meets to discuss whether to keep up its $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program, the public’s perceptions of recent economic news have shown little change.

Fact Tank Oct. 31, 2013

For Twitter’s IPO, will hope count for more than cash?

Twitter’s large and continuing losses distinguish it from other recent high-profile technology IPOs.

Fact Tank Oct. 16, 2013

A downside to an up economy? Mortality rates increase in better times

A new study finds that mortality rates increase during upward cycles in the economy, and decrease during downward cycles.

Fact Tank Aug. 19, 2013

Public social expenditures falling in most countries but still above pre-crisis levels

New economic figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed an increase in public spending among developed countries during the global financial crisis, but a survey of European nations indicated publics were now looking to ratchet it down.

Fact Tank Aug. 16, 2013

China’s economic influence in Asia doesn’t always lead to positive feelings

Although China’s trade ties with and economic influence on its Asian and Pacific Rim neighbors are greater than ever, that’s doesn’t automatically translate into warmer feelings toward the People’s Republic among publics in the region.

Fact Tank Aug. 9, 2013

New economic data points to pleasant surprises or disappointment for key countries

New OECD composite leading economic indicators suggest that Chinese and Brazilians face disappointment with their economies in the months ahead, while many Europeans, Japanese and Americans may be pleasantly surprised.

Fact Tank Jul. 31, 2013

Quarterly GDP estimates: Squishy, but still valuable

The first read on each quarter’s GDP growth is eagerly anticipated by economists, forecasters and pundits of all stripes. But those numbers are almost certain to be revised; their true value lies in what they say about the U.S. economy’s overall direction.

U.S. Politics Jul. 23, 2013

Many Say Economic Recovery Long Way Off

Four years after the recession officially ended, the economic recovery remains a long way off in the view of many Americans. And opinions of economic conditions have slipped back to levels from earlier this year.

Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2013

The “been down so long it looks like up” economy

Fewer than one in five Americans rate the U.S. economy as “excellent” or “good”