Fact Tank Aug. 9, 2013

Chart of the Week: Poverty by congressional district

In the 2000s, poverty rose more in Republican congressional districts than in Democratic districts, though it’s still more prevalent in Democratic districts.

Fact Tank Aug. 2, 2013

Tepid U.S. jobs data conceal modest momentum for blacks and Hispanics

Unemployment continues to be lower among whites than other groups, but job growth is slower compared with blacks and Hispanics — one reason, perhaps, why whites are the most pessimistic about the economy.

Fact Tank Jul. 31, 2013

Quarterly GDP estimates: Squishy, but still valuable

The first read on each quarter’s GDP growth is eagerly anticipated by economists, forecasters and pundits of all stripes. But those numbers are almost certain to be revised; their true value lies in what they say about the U.S. economy’s overall direction.

Fact Tank Jul. 25, 2013

5 reasons Americans have the economic blahs

Despite modestly positive macroeconomic trends, many Americans feel lukewarm or worse about the economy. Five less-common indicators may help explain why.

Fact Tank Jul. 25, 2013

Can a president control gas prices? Depends on when you ask

Can a president control gas prices? The answer depends on whether you ask a Republican or a Democrat — and which party occupies the White House.

Fact Tank Jul. 24, 2013

Obama returns focus to America’s struggling middle class

As President Obama prepares to make a “major” speech on the economy today, our past reports describe the challenges the middle class has faced in the past decades.

U.S. Politics Jul. 23, 2013

Many Say Economic Recovery Long Way Off

Four years after the recession officially ended, the economic recovery remains a long way off in the view of many Americans. And opinions of economic conditions have slipped back to levels from earlier this year.

Fact Tank Jul. 5, 2013

Averages, medians and unemployment: Parsing the numbers

Every month when the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its jobs report, people home in on one particular metric: the unemployment rate. But there are a lot of other interesting and potentially significant data in the report, though interpreting them appropriately can be tricky. Take, for example, the duration of unemployment. There’s little doubt that more […]

Fact Tank Jul. 3, 2013

Polling’s mixed message for 2014, 2016

At midyear, the national opinion polls provide little indication of which way the political wind is blowing looking ahead to 2014, and 2016. Most of the key public opinion measures are mixed, or uncertain.

U.S. Politics Jun. 19, 2013

Obama Job Approval Holds Steady

Barack Obama’s job approval rating has changed little in the past month, despite a series of recent controversies. In part, Obama is benefiting from improving views of the economy – the share rating the nation’s economy as excellent or good has doubled over the past year.