Sep. 16, 2014

Public is sharply divided in views of Americans in poverty

Poverty is an issue that deeply divides the American public when it comes to how much of a role government should play in alleviating the problems of the poor.

Fact Tank Jun. 13, 2014

One-in-four Native Americans and Alaska Natives are living in poverty

On his visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota today, President Obama is using his first stop at a Native American reservation while in office to highlight the challenges Native Americans face. In an op-ed published in Indian Country Today, Obama called the poverty and high school dropout rates among Native Americans […]

Fact Tank May. 2, 2014

Chart of the Week: How America’s poor can still be rich in stuff

While most manufactured goods are considerably cheaper than they were three decades ago, many key services are much more expensive — contributing to the paradox of greater material abundance among even poor Americans.

Fact Tank Feb. 18, 2014

Minimum wage hasn’t been enough to lift most out of poverty for decades

The current federal minimum wage falls below the poverty threshold for most households. A new CBO report says raising the minimum will increase income for millions of low-wage workers but cost thousands their jobs.

Fact Tank Jan. 29, 2014

Inequality, poverty divide Republicans more than Democrats

There are wide gaps between conservative and centrist Republicans on whether the government should do something to reduce poverty and inequality.

Fact Tank Jan. 13, 2014

Who’s poor in America? 50 years into the ‘War on Poverty,’ a data portrait

The War on Poverty was arguably the most ambitious domestic policy initiative since the Great Depression. But the overall effectiveness of the War on Poverty remains hotly debated.