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Data Feed: A decade of campaign ads, gender gaps on wages and jobs, outlook for global growth

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

Politics Politicians who abuse power less liked than those caught in an affair, Quinnipiac Nearly half of NYC voters approve of job Mayor de Blasio is doing, topline, Siena Majority in California approve of Obama’s job performance, The Field Poll How women voted, from 1976 to 2012, PBS NewsHour 40 states improve election performance in 2012interactives, The Pew Charitable Trusts Interactive: A decade of campaign ads, Kantar Media Intelligence/CMAG

Economy Men lost jobs at higher rate in Great Recession than women did, BLS Interactive: How does your county stack up on various tax indicators? Brookings How the 50 states rank in terms of paycheck equality by gender, Forbes Half of new U.S. power-generation capacity in 2013 came from natural gas, EIA At least 61 of 100 largest metros still below pre-recession job levels in 2013, Brookings Credit-card and other revolving debt fell annualized 3.4% in February, WSJ

Health & Society Share of stay-at-home moms on rise again, Pew Research Center 94% of Americans say having a college degree is very important, Gallup Residents of Olympia, Washington, have easiest access to produce, Gallup More younger teachers staying in the profession, The Wall Street Journal Fewer adults are smoking cigarettes, more meeting physical activity ‘targets,’ HHS Students don’t always get high ROI at for-profit colleges, National Journal Nearly 4 million seriously mentally ill still without insurance, The Pew Charitable Trusts On Equal Pay Day, gender gap in White House staff’s wages scrutinized, NYT 1.1 million Americans living with HIV, 16% of them unknowingly, KFF America’s biggest cities lose people to smaller urban areas, Bloomberg

International East Asian economies expected to grow at stable pace in 2014, World Bank Sub-Saharan Africa’s economies continue to rise, World Bank Leading indicators point to weakening growth in emerging economies, OECD Rich nations bolster global growth, IMF says, New York Times Most of world’s estimated 570 million farms are small, family farms, FAO Aid to developing countries rose 6.1% in 2013, reaches all-time high, OECD

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