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Picture of a Panic: Fear of Crime and Actual Crime

The Gallup Poll does a great job of juxtaposing two trends. On the one hand, we have Americans who are consistently convinced each year that crime has worsened compared to the year before:

And on the other hand, we have actual crime report data from the Department of Justice, which shows that violent crime [...]

The Faithful and the Fat: Religion Not Associated With Higher Well Being

By combining the data from two recent Gallup surveys, we can see that intense religious devotion seems to be a poor path for self-improvement. [...]

Iowa Secular Voters Expand Influence Before 2016 Caucus

A campaign strategy that appeals to religious Iowans while shunning the significant secular minority in the state is unlikely to succeed. [...]

35 Blue States? 5 Red States? Gallup Data Offers Fear-Fueled Glimpse, Not Fixed Truth

In a press release that has already caused significant hubbub, the Gallup organization has released polling data from 2008 in which Americans are asked to identify themselves as Democratic, leaning Democratic, leaning Republican or Republican. Gallup finds that majority of its respondents identify as Democratic or as leaning Democratic. Furthermore, they use their data to [...]