Fact Tank Aug. 18, 2015

5 facts about Social Security

Social Security has developed into one of the most popular federal programs, though that popularity is tempered by concern over its long-term financial outlook.

Fact Tank Aug. 3, 2015

The real value of a $15 minimum wage depends on where you live

Although most Americans back a higher minimum wage, wide disparities in local living costs make finding an appropriate rate difficult.

Internet & Tech Jul. 23, 2015

An Elaboration of AAAS Scientists’ Views

This report provides a deeper examination of views about key science topics by members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Internet & Tech Jul. 1, 2015

Americans, Politics and Science Issues

The general public’s political views are strongly linked to their attitudes on climate and energy issues. But politics is a less important factor when it comes to biomedical, food safety and space issues.

Fact Tank Jun. 2, 2015

5 key findings about how Europeans view the economy and EU

Despite their increasingly upbeat economic mood, Europeans show growing support for nontraditional political parties critical of the EU.

Fact Tank May. 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 Tank Apr. 13, 2015

The biggest U.S. tax breaks

The hundreds of exemptions, deductions and other breaks embedded in the tax code will cost the federal government more than $1.3 trillion this fiscal year.

Fact Tank Apr. 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 […]

Fact Tank Mar. 30, 2015

Among developed nations, Americans’ tax bills are below average

Data from the OECD indicate that the U.S. has some of the lowest income taxes and social-insurance taxes among developed nations.

Fact Tank Mar. 24, 2015

High-income Americans pay most income taxes, but enough to be ‘fair’?

By design, wealthier Americans pay most of the nation’s total individual income taxes.