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Data Feed: Cheating on taxes, consumer confidence, foreign languages in U.S. cities

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

Politics NY voters split on Common Core, support moratorium; crosstabs, Siena Americans’ views of Romney little changed since 2012 election, Gallup Christie approval down 15 points since bridge scandal broke, Monmouth Univ. Confidence in Congress, presidency has plummeted in past decade, Fox News

Economy Consumer confidence index declines moderately, The Conference Board Home prices up 11.3% in 2013, but fell 0.3% in Q4, S&P/Case-Shiller Economists align on monetary policy but not fiscal issues, NABE The ups and downs of U.S. military spending, The New Republic U.S. net oil imports at lowest level since 2009, Energy Information Administration Business leaders say knowledge trumps college pedigree, Gallup State hiring credits have mixed record in spurring job growth, San Francisco Fed Legalizing unauthorized immigrants would boost job market for natives, NBER Volunteer rate declines to 25.4% in year ending September 2013, BLS

Health & Society Landmark Hispanic health study may offer longevity clues, Associated Press 12% of Americans say it’s OK to cheat on taxes, report, IRS via CNN Money Tracking changing public opinion on Obamacare, RAND Corporation Map: Foreign languages spoken in American cities, The Washington Post

International U.S. lags behind developed world in temp worker protections, ProPublica Venezuelans rated their lives worse ahead of protests, Gallup Some countries excel at summer sports while slipping up on snow, The Economist What drives remittances to developing countries? World Bank Germany’s GDP up 1.4% at 2013’s year-end, Destatis Physical inactivity causes 6% of all deaths, World Health Organization More people around the world have cell phones than ever had landlines, Quartz The State of the International Ordertrend data for new report, Brookings Interactive map: The UK political battleground ahead of 2015 election, BBC News

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