Fact Tank Nov. 4, 2013

While focus on foreign problems lessens, U.S. public keeps its eye on China

While the American public increasingly has been looking inward after years of economic stress at home and a decade of wars abroad, they have a keen awareness of the challenges posed to the U.S. by China in the superpower competition between the two countries.

Fact Tank Oct. 11, 2013

Chart of the Week: The literacy-productivity connection

For both individuals and nations, greater literacy is linked to greater income.

Fact Tank Oct. 2, 2013

Rise of Greek nationalist ‘Golden Dawn’ party coincides with Greece’s economic crisis

The Greek government is preparing to try several lawmakers representing the Golden Dawn, a nationalist and anti-immigrant party that the government describes as “neo-Nazi.” The upcoming trial is related to the fatal stabbing of an anti-fascist rap musician on Sept. 18, by a Golden Dawn sympathizer. Golden Dawn,  a far right wing party whose motto […]

Fact Tank Sep. 19, 2013

Facing re-election, Merkel gets mostly high marks for handling of economy

Angela Merkel’s high marks on dealing with the euro crisis may be one reason she leads her chief rival Social Democratic chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück.

Fact Tank Sep. 4, 2013

Downbeat views prevail in G20 countries as summit begins

As this year’s G20 summit begins in Russia, just 37% of people in participating nations think their country’s economic situation will improve in next year.

Fact Tank Aug. 19, 2013

Public social expenditures falling in most countries but still above pre-crisis levels

New economic figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed an increase in public spending among developed countries during the global financial crisis, but a survey of European nations indicated publics were now looking to ratchet it down.

Fact Tank Aug. 16, 2013

China’s economic influence in Asia doesn’t always lead to positive feelings

Although China’s trade ties with and economic influence on its Asian and Pacific Rim neighbors are greater than ever, that’s doesn’t automatically translate into warmer feelings toward the People’s Republic among publics in the region.

Fact Tank Aug. 15, 2013

Inflation: Low by the numbers, but still a big public concern

About eight-in-ten Americans think rising prices are a “very” or “moderately” big problem.

Fact Tank Aug. 9, 2013

New economic data points to pleasant surprises or disappointment for key countries

New OECD composite leading economic indicators suggest that Chinese and Brazilians face disappointment with their economies in the months ahead, while many Europeans, Japanese and Americans may be pleasantly surprised.

Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2013

Greeks, stung by recession, lukewarm on U.S. relations

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of Greece visits the White House for the first time today, at a time when anti-U.S. feeling in his country is running high.