5 facts about the national debt
As of July 31, the federal government’s total debt stands at $19.845 trillion. Read a primer on the U.S. national debt, the debt limit and interest payments on the nation’s credit line.
Tepid support for democracy among both young and old in Central and Eastern Europe
The generation of Central and Eastern Europeans raised after the fall of the Berlin Wall differs little in its political outlook from earlier generations.
Few Americans support cuts to most government programs, including Medicaid
Americans tend not to favor budget cuts when asked about specific areas being affected, including Medicaid.
Views of NAFTA less positive – and more partisan – in U.S. than in Canada and Mexico
While North American Free Trade Agreement enjoys wide support from Canadians and Mexicans, it is viewed less favorably in the United States.
Democrats far more supportive than Republicans of federal spending for scientific research
Six-in-ten Democrats back increased federal spending for scientific research, compared with one third of Republicans.
Top Frustrations With Tax System: Sense That Corporations, Wealthy Don’t Pay Fair Share
A majority of Americans now view the federal tax system as unfair, including similar shares of Republicans and Democrats. But partisans differ in their concerns about the tax system.
Share of married Americans is falling, but they still pay most of the nation’s income taxes
Married Americans continue to earn most of the nation’s income and pay the vast majority of income taxes.
What does the federal government spend your tax dollars on? Social insurance programs, mostly
From Social Security to national parks, a look at long-range trends in federal outlays relative to the U.S. economy
Many lower-income Republicans see ensuring health coverage for all as a government responsibility
Lower-income Republicans are somewhat more likely than higher-income Republicans to support the Affordable Care Act, and many say ensuring health care coverage for all is a government responsibility.
What the unemployment rate does – and doesn’t – say about the economy
Although the unemployment rate gets most of the attention, the government’s monthly jobs report contains lots of other data that, properly interpreted, can provide a fuller picture of the U.S. economy.