Fact Tank Oct. 30, 2014

Heading into midterms, Americans still as bummed out as they were in 2012, 2010

Despite somewhat better feelings about the economy, Americans’ collective mood is much the same as it was ahead of the last two general elections.

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Global Oct. 9, 2014

Global Opportunity Quiz

How do you get ahead in life? By having a good education? Knowing the right people? What about just being lucky? Take our 7-question global opportunity quiz to rank these and other attributes in terms of their importance to success in life.

Global Oct. 9, 2014

Global Views on Opportunity and Inequality

Publics in advanced economies are pessimistic about the financial prospects for the next generation, while emerging and developing nations are more optimistic.

Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2014

For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades

For most U.S. workers, inflation-adjusted wages have been flat or falling for decades, regardless of whether the economy has been adding or subtracting jobs. The $4.03-an-hour rate recorded in January 1973 has the same purchasing power as $22.41 would today.

Fact Tank Oct. 3, 2014

How’s the job market? Ups, downs of public sentiment mirror official stats

Americans have a good general sense of the relative strength of the job market, even if they’re fuzzy on specifics such as the unemployment rate.

Fact Tank Sep. 19, 2014

Hispanics only group to see its poverty rate decline and incomes rise

Hispanics are the only major racial or ethnic group to see a statistically significant decline in its poverty rate, according to 2013 Census Bureau figures released this week

Fact Tank Sep. 18, 2014

The nation’s wealth recovers, but largely for those at the top

The nation’s aggregate wealth continues to show signs of recovery, but that wealth recovery has been concentrated on the wealthiest Americans. Meanwhile, the aggregate net worth for America’s economic middle is actually declining.

Fact Tank Sep. 17, 2014

Americans have dim view of trade’s impact on jobs and wages

While 68% of Americans say trade is good for the country, they hold starkly different views than people in other countries around the world when it comes to the supposed benefits of international commerce: job creation and higher wages.

Global Sep. 9, 2014

Global Public Glum About Economy

In most of the 44 countries surveyed, people say their country is heading in the wrong direction and that economic conditions are bad. Only in developing economies is there some semblance of satisfaction with economic performance.

Fact Tank Sep. 8, 2014

Who makes minimum wage?

Perhaps surprisingly, not very many people earn minimum wage, and they make up a smaller share of the workforce than they used to.