On MLK Day, a look at black and white America
Nearly 47 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, blacks and whites in the United States in many ways continue to live starkly different lives.
Obama’s Job Rating Ticks Higher
President Obama enters the seventh year of his presidency with a 47% approval rating, up five points since December. Meanwhile, the public’s views of the U.S. economy have steadily improved.
The Politics of Financial Insecurity
While the least financially secure Americans are more likely to back Democrats, that support is undercut by low political participation. Those who are financially insecure are far more likely to opt out of the political system altogether.
America’s wealth gap between middle-income and upper-income families is widest on record
The gap between America’s upper-income and middle-income families has reached its highest level on record. In 2013, the median wealth of the nation’s upper-income families ($639,400) was nearly seven times the median wealth of middle-income families ($96,500).
Wealth inequality has widened along racial, ethnic lines since end of Great Recession
The median wealth of white households was 13 times the wealth of black households and 10 times that of Hispanic households in 2013, compared with eight and nine times, respectively, in 2010.
When it comes to happiness, money matters
The different direction of economic fortunes since the Great Recession has had a major impact on life satisfaction in countries around the world.
Where people say giving bribes gets you ahead in life
Whether it’s to cover up a scandal or score a business contract – the act of bribery is widespread across the world.
Debate over inequality highlights sharp partisan divisions on the issue
Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen addressed the issue of inequality in a speech last week, an issue on which there is a sharp partisan divide.
Share of Affluent Students Who Borrow for College Doubles
In 2012, a record 69% of the nation’s new college graduates had taken out student loans. Graduates from more affluent families are much more likely to borrow today than they were 20 years ago.
Public is sharply divided in views of Americans in poverty
Poverty is an issue that deeply divides the American public when it comes to how much of a role government should play in alleviating the problems of the poor.