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Data Feed: Same-sex marriage support, Ukrainian-Russian relations, Venezuela’s political culture

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

Politics Despite challenges, most N.J. Christie voters sticking by him, Rutgers-Eagleton Record 59% support same-sex marriage; half say it’s constitutional right, ABC/WashPost

Economy 60 years of budget deficits in one chart, Washington Post Breaking down spending in Obama’s budget proposal, Washington Post White House more optimistic about economy than CBO, The Wall Street Journal Obama’s calculations on the deficit and debt, New York Times Federal spending on science would remain tighttables, Chronicle of Higher Ed. PC shipments dropped 9.8% last year, further declines expected, Wall Street Journal Jobless rates in 25 states, D.C. fell significantly in 2013, BLS U.S. job creation improved in February, Gallup

Health & Society Having children is major driver of spending patterns, Gallup States that spend least on students are growing fastest, NCES via The Atlantic Big Pharma cutting back on paying doctors for drug talks, ProPublica Number of border patrol agents has soared since 1990s, The Wall Street Journal

International Ukrainians, Russians both want open borders, but not integration into single state, Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation/Kyiv International Institute of Sociology/Levada Institute Visualizing economic ties between Russia, Ukraine and Europe, Harvard Business Review Between 2007-12, Venezuelan political culture shifted away from stable democracy, Vanderbilt/LAPOP Ratings war in Mexico pits Nielsen against TV giants, The Wall Street Journal Breakdown of China’s $2.45 trillion budget for 2014, The Wall Street Journal Euro area GDP up by 0.3% in Q4 2013, Eurostat

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