Fact Tank Dec. 4, 2013

5 facts about the minimum wage

A one-day strike by fast-food workers in 100 cities set for Thursday, along with protests planned in 100 more, is refocusing attention on efforts to raise wages for the lowest-paid U.S. workers. Congressional Democrats are pushing a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum to $10.10/hour from $7.25 and index it to the Consumer Price Index. […]

Fact Tank Nov. 26, 2013

Anxious about the economy, more Americans worry about their jobs

About six-in-ten Americans worry that they will lose their jobs due to the current state of the economy.

Fact Tank Nov. 18, 2013

Dow soars, but only about half of Americans will benefit

About half of all Americans own stocks, either directly or indirectly.

Fact Tank Sep. 17, 2013

Five years after country’s fiscal crisis, wide partisan gap exists over financial regulation

The share of Republicans who say government regulation of financial institutions has gone too far is 38 percentage points higher than Democrats.

Fact Tank Sep. 12, 2013

Americans perceive an uneven recovery — and they’re right

Americans have a pretty good sense of how well different aspects of the economy have — and haven’t — recovered from the Great Recession.

U.S. Politics Sep. 12, 2013

Doubts About U.S. Economy Persist

Five years after the stock market crash, a 63%-majority says that the U.S. economic system is no more secure today than it was before the 2008 crisis, while just 33% say that it is more secure. And most say household incomes and the job situation have improved little since the recession.

Aug. 30, 2013

Black incomes are up, but wealth isn’t

Although household-income growth for African-Americans has outpaced that of whites since the 1960s, those gains haven’t led to any narrowing of the wealth gap between the races.

Fact Tank Aug. 27, 2013

Are blacks as financially well off as whites? Depends on whom you ask

Despite large and persistent gaps between blacks and whites on virtually every indicator of economic well-being, about half of all whites say the average black person is about as well off financially or doing better than the average white person, according to a survey released last week by the Pew Research Center.

Fact Tank Aug. 19, 2013

Mothers and work: What’s ’ideal’?

For most American mothers, part-time work would be their ideal work situation, preferred over full-time work or not working at all outside the home.

Fact Tank Aug. 15, 2013

Inflation: Low by the numbers, but still a big public concern

About eight-in-ten Americans think rising prices are a “very” or “moderately” big problem.