When it comes to raising the minimum wage, most of the action is in cities and states, not Congress
The $7.25 federal minimum wage is used in just 21 states, which collectively account for about 40% of all U.S. wage and salary workers.
With fewer state governments divided by party than in years past, GOP has edge in redistricting
When legislatures get the data to draw new congressional maps, Republicans will drive that process in 20 states, versus 11 for Democrats.
Black Americans have made gains in U.S. political leadership, but gaps remain
Kamala Harris’ election represented an advance in the progress Black Americans have made in recent decades in political leadership.
Deep Divisions in Views of the Election Process – and Whether It Will Be Clear Who Won
Just half of registered voters expect to know results within a day or two of Election Day, including nearly identical shares who support Trump and Biden.
Most Americans Say State Governments Have Lifted COVID-19 Restrictions Too Quickly
Six-in-ten say the primary reason the number of confirmed coronavirus cases is increasing is that there are more new infections; 39% say cases are rising mainly because more people are being tested than in previous months.
As states move to expand the practice, relatively few Americans have voted by mail
The share of Americans voting by mail has risen in recent presidential election cycles, but there is variation from one state to another.
Majority of Americans who lost a job or wages due to COVID-19 concerned states will reopen too quickly
68% of those who have lost jobs or taken a pay cut due to COVID-19 are concerned that state governments will lift restrictions too quickly.
Americans remain concerned that states will lift restrictions too quickly, but partisan differences widen
A majority of Americans continue to say their greater concern is that state governments will lift coronavirus-related restrictions on public activity too quickly.
Most states have religious exemptions to COVID-19 social distancing rules
Only 10 states are preventing in-person religious gatherings in any form, according to our analysis of recent state-level regulations.
Not all unemployed people get unemployment benefits; in some states, very few do
Despite some broad federal guidelines, claimants still face a hodgepodge of different state rules governing how they can qualify for benefits.
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