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.

Fact Tank Dec. 27, 2013

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.

U.S. Politics Dec. 19, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Dec. 10, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Dec. 6, 2013

The U.S.’s high income gap is met with relatively low public concern

Public awareness of income inequality in the U.S. appears to be out of touch with existing income gaps in contrast to most other countries.