February 21, 2017

5 facts about crime in the U.S.

Government data show that violent and property crime rates have both fallen in the long term – but official estimates vary widely, and public perceptions often don’t align with the data. Here are five key facts on crime.

Fact TankDecember 28, 2016

U.S. ends year with fewest executions since 1991

Just five states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas – accounted for all 20 executions in the U.S. in 2016.

Fact TankDecember 1, 2016

Will Trump’s backing revive moribund term-limits movement?

Although the movement to limit congressional terms has been largely dormant for the past two decades, 15 states do limit how many terms their own legislators can serve.

Fact TankNovember 16, 2016

Despite Oregon governor’s win, candidates of different sexual orientations could face resistance in a presidential run

While a growing number of LGBT politicians have been elected to public office and attitudes toward the LGBT community have become much more favorable over the past decade, survey data suggest that being gay or lesbian remains an obstacle for candidates running for president.

Fact TankNovember 1, 2016

Child marriage is rare in the U.S., though this varies by state

About 57,800 minors in the U.S. ages 15 to 17 are married – or five of every 1,000 in that age group. But the rate of child marriage varies widely between states.

Fact TankJune 28, 2016

Blacks have made gains in U.S. political leadership, but gaps remain

In 1965, there were no black senators or governors, and just six House members were black. By 2015, there was more representation in some areas but little change in others.

Fact TankOctober 8, 2015

Working on Columbus Day? It depends on where you live

Fewer than half of U.S. states give their employees Columbus Day as a paid holiday.

Fact TankJuly 16, 2015

Nearly all states allow religious exemptions for vaccinations

Forty-six states currently allow children to be exempt from vaccinations due to religious concerns, including 17 states that also allow exemptions for “personal reasons.”

Pew Research CenterApril 21, 2015

Americans’ Views on Open Government Data

Many hope that more transparency and data sharing will help journalists, make officials more accountable and improve decisions. But very few think agencies are doing a great job of providing useful data.

Fact TankMarch 2, 2015

Ahead of redistricting, Democrats seek to reverse statehouse declines

The national Democratic Party wants to regain some of the 900-plus state legislative seats Democrats have lost since 2009.