By the Numbers: Vital Signs of Things That Matter

Harper’s Index (February 2014) 


— 73% of Americans believe that corruption in their government is “widespread”.

— Since 2007, the percentage of Americans who think the president should focus on foreign policy declined from 40% to 6%.

— Amount Georgia senator Saxby Chambliss’s PAC spent at a Palm Beach resort in the lead-up to the 2012 election : $107,751.65.

— Amount Representative Charles B. Rangel’s PAC spent to commission a painting of Rangel : $64,500.

— Percentage change in the number of homeless students in the United States since 2007 : +72

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (January 23, 2014)

Presidents-Pakistan— Across Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, the Obama administration has launched more than 390 drone strikes in the five years since the first attack that injured Qureshi – eight times as many as were launched in the entire Bush presidency.

— These strikes have killed more than 2,400 people, at least 273 of them reportedly civilians.




The Pew Research Center

  • As of September 2013, 73% of online adults use social networking sites.
  • 71% of online adults use Facebook
  • 18% of online adults use Twitter
  • 17% use Instagram
  • 21% use Pinterest
  • 22% use LinkedIn



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