Fact Tank Oct. 6, 2015

GOP speaker hopefuls have served far less time in House than predecessors

Long years of service have been the norm for past speakers, most of whom had accumulated twice as much time in the House as today’s candidates before wielding the gavel.

Fact Tank Jun. 24, 2015

Jindal followed a rare path, from Hinduism to Catholicism

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a newly declared Republican candidate for president, is hoping to attract support from conservative evangelical Christian voters. Jindal himself is a Catholic, and, as the son of immigrants from Hindu-majority India, was raised in the Hindu faith.

Fact Tank Nov. 5, 2014

As GOP celebrates win, no sign of narrowing gender, age gaps

The overall vote share is similar to the 2010 midterm elections, and many of the key demographic divides in 2010 — particularly wide gender and age gaps — remain.

Fact Tank Oct. 29, 2014

Registered voters, likely voters, turnout rates: What does it all mean to 2014 election forecasts?

How many Americans are likely to vote, and which voters in the survey are the likely voters? Important as these questions are, there is almost no consensus among the pollsters as to how to identify each of these groups.

Fact Tank Oct. 27, 2014

Brazil continues South America’s incumbent streak

In recent decades, no incumbents from the 10 Latin American countries in South America have lost bids for re-election.

Fact Tank Oct. 8, 2014

For many Americans, a ‘meh’ midterm

Midterm elections rarely excite the general public, but 2014 is shaping up to be an especially underwhelming cycle for many Americans.

Fact Tank May. 21, 2014

In the polls, Tea Party support falls among Republicans

Tea Party agreement among GOP has fallen from 48% in March 2010 to 33% in late April, 2014.

Fact Tank May. 9, 2014

Obama job ratings higher than Bush, but pale next to Bill Clinton

Obama’s job approval rating stands at 44% while Bush’s was 35% at the same point in the 2006 midterm year. Clinton’s approval rating was a solid 62% at this point in 1998.

Fact Tank Sep. 19, 2013

How the Lehman Bros. crisis impacted the 2008 presidential race

How the economic disaster that occurred just weeks before Election Day changed the media’s campaign coverage, and perhaps the outcome, of the presidential race.

Fact Tank Jul. 10, 2013

Sanford, Weiner and Spitzer: Trying to overcome the headlines from their scandals

Three politicians who were forced from office by scandal are currently attempting comebacks. They are trying to overcome misdeeds that put them in the top five political scandals of recent years as measured by the amount of news coverage.