Fact Tank Nov. 26, 2014

Ferguson highlights deep divisions between blacks and whites in America

One of the most persistent gaps between blacks and whites involves their levels of confidence in police.

Fact Tank Aug. 28, 2014

Latino confidence in local police lower than among whites

About half of Hispanics say they have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in their local police force to not use excessive force on suspects and to treat people equally regardless of race or ethnicity.

Aug. 27, 2014

Within the black community, young and old differ on police searches, discrimination

Recent survey data from the Pew Research Center suggest that there are sharp divides between younger and older blacks on the issues of police searches and discrimination more broadly.

U.S. Politics Aug. 25, 2014

Police Forces Nationally Get Low Marks From Public

Most Americans give relatively low marks to police departments around the country for holding officers accountable for misconduct, using the appropriate amount of force, and treating racial and ethnic groups equally.

Fact Tank Aug. 20, 2014

Cable, Twitter picked up Ferguson story at a similar clip

The shooting death of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, quickly became a national news story on mainstream and social media last week. A new Pew Research Center analysis of media coverage of the event and subsequent protests finds that the story emerged on Twitter before cable, but the trajectory of attention quickly rose in […]

U.S. Politics Aug. 18, 2014

Stark Racial Divisions in Reactions to Ferguson Police Shooting

Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., raises important issues about race and that police have gone too far in responding to the shooting’s aftermath.

Aug. 18, 2014

Dept. of Ed. projects public schools will be ‘majority-minority’ this fall

A steady demographic change over the years has resulted in a decline in the number of whites in classrooms.

Fact Tank Aug. 1, 2014

As news business takes a hit, the number of black journalists declines

The number of black journalists working at U.S. daily newspapers has dropped 40% since 1997. That represents a loss of almost 1,200 journalists — from 2,946 in 1997 to 1,754 in 2013.

Fact Tank Jul. 18, 2014

Chart of the Week: The black-white gap in incarceration rates

Black men in their prime working years, especially those without a high school education, are much more likely to be in jail than white men are.

Jun. 26, 2014

U.S. Hispanic and Asian populations growing, but for different reasons

Natural increase (births minus deaths) accounted for 78% of the total change in the U.S. Hispanic population from 2012 to 2013, whereas migration accounted for about 61% of the total change in the Asian-American population.