"That’s a number you don’t often see."

Carroll Doherty, director of political research at the Pew Research Center, speaking at our Generations in the Next America event about Millennials and politics.  Follow our live blog.

Half of Millennials call themselves independent, versus 27% Democrats and 17% Republicans. But when you include those who “lean” toward one party or another, half identify with the Democratic Party versus 34% for the Republican Party.

Americans’ Views on Inequality

65% of Americans say the gap between the rich and everyone else has widened in the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey, and nearly seven-in-ten Americans said the government should do “a lot” (43%) or “some” (26%) to reduce the gap. 

See more from our #SOTU2014 data roundup.

Americans’ Views on College Affordability

 In a November Allstate/National Journal poll, only 45% of Americans said paying for a college education would be “very” or “somewhat” realistic given their current financial situation; 47% said it would be “not very” or “not at all” realistic.

See more quick data points from our #SOTU2014 roundup.

Americans on Health Care

More than half (54%) of Americans disapprove of Obama’s signature health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, according to a Pew Research survey from December; 41% said they approved of the law. Nearly half (48%) said the law would make the nation’s health care situation worse in the long run, 35% said it would make it better, and 12% said it wouldn’t make much difference either way.

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As Obama prepares for tonight’s State of the Union, his job rating on balance is more negative than positive. Currently 43% approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, while 49% disapprove. While that is little changed since December, a year ago 52% approved of his job performance and 40% disapproved. 

As Obama prepares for tonight’s State of the Union, his job rating on balance is more negative than positive. Currently 43% approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, while 49% disapprove. While that is little changed since December, a year ago 52% approved of his job performance and 40% disapproved. 

Despite a slowly recovering economy, the proportion of Americans who identify themselves as middle class has dropped sharply in recent years. Today, about as many Americans identify themselves as lower or lower-middle class (40%) as say they are in the middle class (44%), according to a recent Pew Research Center/USA TODAY survey.

Despite a slowly recovering economy, the proportion of Americans who identify themselves as middle class has dropped sharply in recent years. Today, about as many Americans identify themselves as lower or lower-middle class (40%) as say they are in the middle class (44%), according to a recent Pew Research Center/USA TODAY survey.

Our annual list of the public’s top policy priorities is out, just in time for tomorrow’s State of the Union address. For the first time since Barack Obama took office in 2009, deficit reduction has slipped as a policy priority among the public. 

Our annual list of the public’s top policy priorities is out, just in time for tomorrow’s State of the Union address. For the first time since Barack Obama took office in 2009, deficit reduction has slipped as a policy priority among the public. 

"Roughly two-thirds of Democrats (67%) and independents (65%) say that humans have evolved over time, compared with less than half of Republicans (43%)."

Six-in-Ten Americans Believe in Evolution

Wealth inequality in the U.S. is even greater than income inequality. NYU economist Edward Wolff has found that, while the highest-earning fifth of U.S. families earned 59.1% of all income, the richest fifth held 88.9% of all wealth.
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Wealth inequality in the U.S. is even greater than income inequality. NYU economist Edward Wolff has found that, while the highest-earning fifth of U.S. families earned 59.1% of all income, the richest fifth held 88.9% of all wealth.

See more fast facts about wealth and income in America.

Barack Obama has made 32 recess appointments to federal positions, far fewer than the four presidents before him. 

Barack Obama has made 32 recess appointments to federal positions, far fewer than the four presidents before him

"The public is evenly divided over whether the Newtown shootings reflect broader problems in Americans society (47%) or are just the acts of troubled individuals (44%)."

Our poll a year ago on the aftermath of the Newtown shooting found the American public divided.