5 facts about the Supreme Court
Amid the impasse over who should replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, data show the depths of Americans’ partisan and ideological divide over the high court.
House seats rarely flip from one party to the other
Big partisan shifts in the House of Representatives happen, but not often. In only three of the past 12 election cycles has one party posted a net gain of more than 30 seats, and on average 93% of House members who seek re-election are voted back into office.
Split-ticket districts, once common, are now rare
In 2012, only 26 House districts out of 435 chose one party’s presidential nominee and the other party’s candidate for the House.
Few American women have broken the glass ceiling of diplomacy
Over 4,600 U.S. ambassadors have served in foreign countries since the founding of the nation – and only 9% of them have been women.
More minority federal judges have been appointed under Democratic than Republican presidents
Since 1945, Democratic presidents have appointed three times as many black judges, and also more Hispanic and Asian judges, to the federal bench as their Republican counterparts.
Blacks have made gains in U.S. political leadership, but gaps remain
In 1965, there were no black senators or governors, and just six House members were black. By 2015, there was more representation in some areas but little change in others.
What kind of person runs for vice president?
Of the 72 people who’ve been nominated for vice president on a major-party (or significant third-party) ticket since 1868, most have served in one or both houses of Congress or been a state governor.
Census Bureau hopes to use data from other government agencies in 2020
Anyone who has filed a U.S. tax return, applied for a Social Security number or signed up for Medicare has given personal data to the government. So when the Census Bureau counts the American public, can it use the information that other federal agencies have already collected?
For Earth Day, here’s how Americans view environmental issues
The 1970s were an important era for American environmentalism. Congress passed the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, President Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency, and the nation’s first Earth Day – created by Democratic Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin – was held on April 22, 1970. Forty-six years later, Earth Day has […]
Campaign Exposes Fissures Over Issues, Values and How Life Has Changed in the U.S.
The 2016 presidential campaign has exposed deep disagreements between – and within – the two parties on a range of major policy issues.