U.S. Politics Mar. 4, 2015

Views of Government Policies Since Start of Great Recession

Majorities say that post-recession policies have helped large banks, large corporations and the wealthy, but not small businesses, the middle class or the poor.

Global Feb. 12, 2015

Political Discontent in Emerging, Developing Nations

A median of 52% across 31 emerging and developing nations surveyed are dissatisfied with their political system, with Middle Easterners and Latin Americans voicing the greatest displeasure.

U.S. Politics Feb. 10, 2015

Views of Job News Turn More Positive Over Past Year

For the first time since the end of the recession in 2009, a greater share of the public is hearing mostly good news (28%) than bad news (22%) about the job situation.

Fact Tank Feb. 10, 2015

More openings and hires give Americans reason for greater job optimism

As openings and new hires hit levels not seen in years, more Americans say they’re hearing mostly good news about the jobs situation.

Fact Tank Feb. 6, 2015

Four signs of the improving U.S. jobs situation

The unemployment rate may get most of the attention, but why people are unemployed, and how long they’ve been out of work, can be just as telling about the state of the economy.

Feb. 4, 2015

America’s ‘middle’ holds its ground after the Great Recession

The share of Americans who live in middle-income households has held steady since 2010 – a flat trend that might actually be good news.

U.S. Politics Jan. 14, 2015

Obama’s Job Rating Ticks Higher

President Obama enters the seventh year of his presidency with a 47% approval rating, up five points since December. Meanwhile, the public’s views of the U.S. economy have steadily improved.

Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2015

Job shifts under Obama: Fewer government workers, more caregivers, servers and temps

The healthcare industry, food and drink establishments and temp services have driven most of the jobs growth since Barack Obama took office nearly six years ago.

U.S. Politics Dec. 16, 2014

Perceptions of Job News Trend Upward

For the first time since at least 2009, as many say they’re hearing good news as bad news about the nation’s job situation. While most hear a mix of good and bad economic news, 70% hear good news about gas prices.

Fact Tank Dec. 16, 2014

Do lower gasoline prices make for confident consumers?

Lower gas prices tend to improve consumer sentiment, but the actual impact on the overall economy probably is small.