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Data Feed: The future electoral map, smoking and children, optimism about New York’s mayor

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

Politics What the U.S. electoral map may look like in 2060, The Washington Post Our politics is polarized on more issues than ever before, The Washington Post N.Y. optimistic about Mayor De Blasio; Poll on Bloomberg’s legacy out at 12pm, Quinnipiac Americans rate economy as top priority for government, Gallup American’s attitudes about abortion, American Enterprise Institute

Economy 4 million job openings at end of November, Bureau of Labor Statistics 50% wary of investing in stocks; and Satisfaction with economy sours, Gallup Where are America’s millionaires? The Wall Street Journal U.S. airline passenger numbers up 1.8%, Bureau of Transportation Statistics Cold weather led to highest natural gas storage withdrawals, Energy Information Administration Two-thirds of Americans say they go to movies less often, DemoMemo Housing bubble was much worse for Hispanics, The Washington Post New residential construction, Housing and Urban Development

Health & Society One out of 13 children will die prematurely unless smoking rates drop, Surgeon General Cigarette smoking remains widespread despite declines in past 30 years, CDC Ph.D programs have a dirty secret: Student debt, The Atlantic 64.5 million Americans volunteered nearly 7.9 billion hours, Wendy Spencer 78% of office-based physicians used electronic health record system in 2013, CDC U.S. adults are choosing healthier foods, Department of Agriculture via The Wall Street Journal For the mentally ill, finding treatment grows harder, The Wall Street Journal You sleep more than you claim you do, The New York Times ACA spurs state shift in long-term care, The Pew Charitable Trusts Doctorate recipients from U.S. universities, National Science Foundation

International Labor markets mixed in advanced economies, The Conference Board There are now 618 million internet users in China, China Internet Network Information Center Cartogram: Global warming’s biggest offenders, Concordia University via The Wire Output gaps in developing countries, The Economist Potential net migration index declines in many countries, Gallup Why immigrants boomerang to Mexico, National Journal More Japanese women are working, Quartz Women at Davos: What’s happening to the numbers? Guardian How does UK’s fertility rate compare to other nations? Guardian Extreme weather incidents around the world, Bloomberg World set record in billion-dollar weather disasters with 41, Wunderground

Random Sample 20 most populous metro areas in 1 chart, Peakbagger via The Washington Post

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