A daily roundup of fresh data from scholars, governments, think tanks, pollsters and other social science researchers.
Christie job approval continues to drop among N.J. voters, Quinnipiac
… and most see ‘Bridgegate’ scandal as a serious issue for him, Rutgers-Eagleton
Gov. Brown’s approval among California voters at new high (59%), The Field Poll
Non-representative Xbox poll generated accurate election forecast, Monkey Cage
Those who say ACA isn’t liberal enough may not mean what you think, HuffPost/YouGov
States see rise in tax revenue for third year in a row, Census Bureau
Year-over-year unemployment down in 338 of 372 metro areas, BLS
Tri-state region (NY/NJ/CT) most likely to say state taxes are too high, Gallup
Drop in entrepreneurship in 2013 points to recovering job market, Washington Post
Chart: The gender pay gap by state and profession, Washington Post
Teen (16-19) employment rate fell from 45% in 2000 to 26% in 2011, National Journal
Salvadoran migrants saved more when they had greater control of finances, NBER
Health & Society
Net 9.3 million gained health insurance from Sept. 2013 to mid-March 2014, RAND Corp.
Sliver of Medicare doctors get big share of payouts, interactive, New York Times
19.8% under 65 are in families with problems paying medical bills in first half of 2013, CDC
Birth rates among teens ages 15 to 17 dropped 63% from 1991 to 2012, CDC
Just 29% of college students are just out of high school, living on campus and full-time, Vox
Americans’ trust in online higher ed rising, Gallup
Elite colleges turn away up to 95%, New York Times
Tracking education and earnings inequality among U.S.-born men, Urban Institute
Majority of Americans think race relations are generally good, CBS News
U.S. whites get more conservative when told they’ll soon be minority, Psychological Science
Catholic clergy, lay leaders divided on revised missal, CARA/Georgetown U.
Social and economic characteristics of nation’s 55,000 centenarians, Census Bureau
In Africa, parents’ education largely determines children’s schooling level, Gallup
OECD unemployment rate increased 0.1 points to 7.6% in February, OECD
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