Global Sep. 16, 2014

Mixed Views on Trade, Foreign Investment

Developing countries provide the strongest support for international trade and foreign investment, while people in many advanced economies are skeptical. Americans are among the least likely to hold a positive view of the impact of trade on jobs and wages.

Fact Tank Sep. 16, 2014

Most of the world supports globalization in theory, but many question it in practice

People across the globe are of two minds about globalization: in principle, most believe it’s good for their country; in practice many – especially those in advanced economies – are not so sure it’s good for them personally.

Fact Tank Aug. 29, 2014

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.

May. 5, 2014

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.

Fact Tank Apr. 15, 2014

On Tax Day, Americans’ views of taxes and the IRS

Five facts about how Americans feel about the tax system and the IRS

Fact Tank Mar. 4, 2014

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.

Fact Tank Feb. 24, 2014

Plurality of Americans support current level of defense spending

A plurality of Americans say defense spending should be kept at current levels.

Pew Research Center Jan. 27, 2014

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. Politics Jan. 27, 2014

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 […]