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Data Feed: Independents, poverty, teen exercise

A daily roundup of fresh data from scholars, governments, think tanks, pollsters and other social science researchers.

Politics Record-high 42% of Americans identify as independents, Gallup What we know and don’t know about our polarized politics, The Washington Post

Economy U.S.-NAFTA trade exceeds $100B for first time, Bureau of Transportation Statistics Concentration of wealth, NYC, Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies Unemployment duration on subsequent wages, National Bureau of Economic Research Housing ‘wealth’ and illusion, American Enterprise Institute 238,000 jobs added in December, ADP National Employment Report Northeastern cold snap drives up natural gas prices, Energy Information Administration Government’s redesigned reverse mortgage program, Center for Retirement Research Occupation Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor statistics

Poverty How Census measures poverty today; and the history of the measure, Census Bureau Almost one-in-three Americans were poor at least 2 months 2009-2011, Census Bureau War on poverty moves to the tax code, Tax Policy Center

Health Physical activity in youth ages 12 to 15, 2012, CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics Health and access to care, coverage for LGBT, Kaiser Family Foundations Wealthier patients in Ca. happier with their health care, Kaiser Health News

Demographics More couples with kids living together but not marrying, Associated Press (via The Washington Post) Babies and what demographics portend, National Journal Racism may accelerate aging in black men, University of Maryland

International Charting life expectancies of the world’s countries, The Atlantic Cities EU leadership approval at record low in Spain, Greece, Gallup Terrorist attacks in Russia since 1991, Russian Sphinx Euro area unemployment rate at 12.1%, Eurostat Canadian firm sizes and the productivity gap with U.S., Statistics Canada UK economic review, January 2014, Office for National Statistics

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