For Labor Day, a look at the state of underemployment
Although the official unemployment rate was down to 6.2% in July, many economists and other analysts have concluded that that measure doesn’t fully capture what’s happened to the U.S. economy since the Great Recession officially ended in the summer of 2009.
More women than men earn the federal minimum wage
Substantially more women than men are in jobs that pay the minimum wage of less, , according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data analyzed by the Pew Research Center.
On Tax Day, Americans’ views of taxes and the IRS
Five facts about how Americans feel about the tax system and the IRS
Polls show strong support for minimum wage hike
According to recent polls, one issue on which Obama can count on strong public support is his call for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.
Plurality of Americans support current level of defense spending
A plurality of Americans say defense spending should be kept at current levels.
Debt and Deficit: Key Data Points from Pew Research
Reducing the budget deficit has declined on the public’s agenda for the first time since President Obama first took office. Overall, 63% say reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority for Congress and the president this year, down from 72% a year ago, according to a survey conducted Jan. 15-19. Most of the […]
U.S.-China Relations: Key Data Points from Pew Research
Just a third of the American public has a favorable view of China. When Americans were asked their opinion about twelve nations in an Oct. 30-Nov. 6 survey, only 33% said they had a favorable view of China. In 2011, 51% of Americans had a very or somewhat favorable view of China, a figure that […]
Chart of the Week: Where the loss of unemployment benefits will hit
A map from the Washington Post shows the states where the expiration of unemployment benefits on Saturday will have the most impact.
Public Resists Entitlement Cuts in Deficit Debate
Majorities of Americans say it is more important to maintain spending on Social Security and Medicare and programs to help the poor than to take steps to reduce the budget deficit.
Regulators approve Volcker Rule, but public is split on financial regulation
About half of Americans think the government hasn’t gone far enough in regulating financial institutions following the 2007-08 financial crisis.