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.

Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2013

The “been down so long it looks like up” economy

Fewer than one in five Americans rate the U.S. economy as “excellent” or “good”

Fact Tank Jun. 7, 2013

Employment vs. unemployment: Different stories from the jobs numbers

When the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly data about employment, the lion’s share of the attention goes to one figure — the unemployment rate. But that’s not the only or best indicator of where the economy stands.

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Global May. 23, 2013

Quiz: Global Econ Quiz

Test how much you know about economic attitudes in the world with this quiz.

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Global May. 23, 2013

Map: Economic Attitudes Across 39 Countries

Publics around the world are decidedly unhappy about their nations’ economies. However, citizens of emerging market countries are overall more pleased with their economies than are people in advanced or developing economies.

Global May. 23, 2013

Emerging Markets Better Rated During Difficult Times

Citizens of emerging market countries are happier with their economies than are people in advanced or developing economies.

Pew Research Center May. 1, 2013

Public Optimism on Housing Can Outrun the Market

By Drew DeSilver Tuesday’s report on the S&P/Case-Shiller home-price index showed a 9.3% increase between February 2012 and February 2013 — the biggest year-over-year increase in the 20-city composite index since before the housing bubble burst. Is housing, at long last, on the road to recovery? Many Americans already think so. A Pew Research survey in March found that […]

Fact Tank May. 1, 2013

Public optimism on housing can outrun the market

Tuesday’s report on the S&P/Case-Shiller home-price index showed a 9.3% increase between February 2012 and February 2013 — the biggest year-over-year increase in the 20-city composite index since before the housing bubble burst. Is housing, at long last, on the road to recovery? Many Americans already think so. A Pew Research survey in March found that 52% of people […]

U.S. Politics Mar. 21, 2013

Obama Job Approval Slips as Economic Pessimism Rises

Barack Obama’s job approval rating has tumbled since shortly after his re-election, as the public’s economic expectations for the coming year have soured.

U.S. Politics Mar. 12, 2013

Public’s Views of Economic News Remain Mixed

As federal spending cuts take effect and the stock market has reached record highs, the public continues to say they are hearing a mix of good and bad news about the economy.