28% of registered voters say the country is headed in the right direction. 59% of registered voters say the country is on the wrong track.
|Right track||Wrong track|
In 2021 about half of Americans get news on social media at least “sometimes”; this is down slightly from 2020.
|Don’t get digital news||9||7|
The following shows the percentage of U.S adults who use a particular site and how many regularly get news on that site.
|Regularly get news on site||Use the site||Regular users|
This year, Social Security checks are going up by 5.9%, the highest increase in decades. The boost will affect nearly 70 million people. [NBC News 10/13/21]
Already this year, 18 weather disasters costing at least $1 billion each have hit the United States. These 18 events put 2021 in second place for the most billion-dollar disasters, just behind 2020 when there were 22 such events. Last year shattered the previous annual record of 16 such events, which occurred in 2017 and 2011. [WP 10/11/21]
More than a third of adults seeking housing, groceries, or new cars had trouble procuring them between August 15th and September 15th, 2021. Below is the full list of hard-to-get items.
|A house or apartment||44%|
|Specific types of groceries and food||43%|
|Paper goods, such as towels or toilet paper||39%|
|A new car, pickup truck, etc||34%|
|A used car, pickup truck, etc||30%|
|Supplies for home repairs, improvements||29%|
|Exercise and sports equipment||23%|
|Electronics, cell phones, computers||18%|
[Morning Consult 9/21/21]
A rising share of U.S. adults are living without a spouse or partner – the following is the percentage of the population ages 25-54 who are:
Men are more likely than women to be unpartnered. A change from 30 years ago. [PEW 10/5/21]
The following list details annual public spending per child on early childhood care.
Americans’ approval of the job being done by the U.S. Supreme Court has fallen to 40% – its lowest point since at least 2001. 53% disapprove of the job the Court is doing.
Approval has fallen 18 points over the last year when it was 58%. The previous low was 42% in 2016.
Further, confidence in the federal judiciary as a whole is now at 54%, the lowest it has been since 1973 except for a 53% rating in 2015. Other than those two scores, the previous low was 61% in 2014 and 2016. [Gallup 9/23/21]
52% of Americans say the government is doing too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses. 43% want the government to do more to solve the country’s problems. A year ago, 54% said the government should do more to solve problems. [Gallup 10/14/21]
Of the three branches of the U.S. government, which one do you trust the most?
|The US Congress (the legislative branch)||16%|
|The Presidency (the executive branch)||25%|
|The US Supreme Court (the judicial branch)||58%|
[Marquette University law school poll 9/16/21]
The FBI says murder and manslaughter rose 29.4% in 2020. This is the largest one-year increase since the federal government began compiling national figures in the 1960s. [WP 2021]