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Data Feed: City/country political divide, long-term unemployment, educational inequality

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

Politics How where we live deepens nation’s political divide, The Wall Street Journal Americans prioritize protecting environment over economic growth, Gallup Clinton’s top selling point in 2016: first female president, Gallup Majority opposes employer opt-out from contraception mandate, NBC News/WSJ

Economy Unemployment fell in most metro areas over past year, BLS Who are the long-term unemployed and what happens to them? Brookings Map: How much stimulus spending did your district receive?, Washington Post Houston leads metro areas on job creation index, Gallup Wages booming in some industries, but many workers left behind, The Wall Street Journal It’s not just the poor who are living paycheck to paycheck, Washington Post Veterans’ unemployment edges down but remains high, Associated Press 36% of U.S. workers have less than $1,000 in retirement savings, EBRI Trends in economic inequality and how tax policy can reduce it, Urban Institute Symposium on economic inequality and opportunity, American Enterprise Institute

Health & Society Roundup of opinion polling on healthcare reform, American Enterprise Institute Racial and geographic disparities in tuberculosis rates persist, CDC 95% of tuberculosis deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, WHO Data finds racial pattern of inequity in educational opportunity, U.S. Dept. of Education Upper-income students rely more on magazine rankings to pick colleges, ACE

International If China’s economy sneezes, sub-Saharan Africa may catch cold, Intl. Monetary Fund How South Ossetians, Abkhazians, Transnistrians feel about joining Russia, WashPost

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