Economy

Poverty Skyrockets in the Suburbs

[05.22.2013]

A new survey from the Brookings Institution reveals that poverty is skyrocketing in the suburbs, due in part to the Great Recession.

Researchers Predict a Spike in Heat-Related Deaths for NYC

[05.21.2013]

A new Columbia University study predicts that heat-related deaths in New York City could increase by one-third in the coming decades, thanks to climate change. More than 6-in-10 (63%) Americans agree that over the last few years, the weather has gotten more extreme

Economists and the Stock Market

[05.20.2013]

Your economist friend is probably not your best source of advice when it comes to the stock market.

New Study Shows Growing Wealth Gap Between Races

[05.01.2013]

A new Urban Institute study shows that over the past five years, the wealth gap between white Americans and racial minorities has widened substantially. Black (78%) and Hispanic (78%) Americans are also more likely than white Americans (54%) to agree that our society would be better off if the distribution of wealth was more equal.

Is Atheism Only for the Upper Class?

[04.25.2013]

Is atheism only for the upper class? Research Director Daniel Cox parses the demographic data among the religiously unaffiliated.

American Muslims and the Boston Bombings

[04.22.2013]

In the wake of last week’s tragic bombings in Boston, some are now wondering whether there will be a backlash against Muslims in the United States. Less than half of Americans say that self-proclaimed Muslims who commit acts of violence in the name of Islam are not really Muslims.

Economic Inequality and the New York City Subway

[04.18.2013]

Income inequality in New York City, starkly illustrated through its subway map. Sixty percent of Americans agree that the government should do more to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor.

American Support for Foreign Trade Surges

[03.06.2013]

Over at the Monkey Cage, Erik Voeten tries to make sense of a new poll from Gallup showing an increase in public support for foreign trade. This increase is even more interesting when you consider that 74% of Americans believe that outsourcing is at least somewhat responsible for the nation’s current economic woes.

Jewish Groups File Briefs in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

[03.04.2013]

The central organizations of every Jewish denomination except Orthodoxy (and one lone Orthodox rabbi) filed amicus briefs in favor of overturning the federal government’s ban on same-sex marriage. More than 8-in-10 (81%) American Jews favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally.

Has Obama’s Presidency Changed Racial Attitudes?

[03.01.2013]

Has racial resentment increased since President Obama’s election, or is it on the decline? Turns out, the answer to this question really depends on who you ask.