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Data Feed: N.J.’s ‘Bridgegate,’ aging workforce, health exchange sign-ups

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

Politics New Jersey riveted to Bridgegate, Monmouth University Christie story attracts little public interest nationally, Pew Research Center Comparing ideological divides in Britain, U.S., National Journal 23% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in U.S., Gallup The vulnerability of nuclear-arms materials, The Economist How U.S. state legislatures are polarized and getting more polarized, The Washington Post Do trends in U.S. inequality matter for norms of global governance? Brookings Public opinion on the Obama presidency thus far, American Enterprise Institute

Economy Poverty and inequality in charts, The New York Times Homeownership among real estate professionals; Do they walk the walk? Trulia Trends Survey of Consumer Expectations, Federal Reserve Bank of New York U.S. boosts natural gas use, OECD Europe scales back, Energy Information Administration Is the aging workforce really creating your skill shortages? Harvard Business Review

International Religious hostilities reach six-year high, Pew Research Center Why big cities matter in the developing world, The Atlantic Cities Industrial production up by 1.8% in euro area, Eurostat Economic growth and government spending in Saudi Arabia, International Monetary Fund OECD unemployment rate falls to 7.8% in November 2013, OECD Is it true there’s a ‘startling’ rise in birthrate of British Muslims? Guardian Spousal migration and later-life health for older Mexican women, University of California, Los Angeles

Science & Technology Religion, partisanship and attitudes toward science policy, SAGE Overfishing doesn’t just shrink fish populations–they often don’t recover afterwards, Quartz Tech pipeline is alarmingly white, National Journal

Health Nearly 2.2 million selected plans in marketplaces by Dec. 28, 2013, Health and Human Services Who’s getting Obamacare? These four charts give some big clues, New Republic A second look at Medicaid enrollment numbers, Real Clear Politics Medicaid and CHIP eligibility levels for children and non-disabled adults as of Jan. 1, Kaiser Family Foundation Study: Navigator laws limit health exchange outreach, USA Today Survey: Obamacare worries Hill aides, Congressional Management Foundation via Politico Prosecutions of health care fraud law reach new high in FY 2013, TRAC Syracuse

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