Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What's New from OECD

Global growth continuing at a moderate pace, says the OECD Economic Outlook Interim Economic Assessment, September 2014:

Educational mobility starts to slow in industrialized world, says Education at a Glance 2014: OECD Indicators: 

Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency: A Guide to Quantifying the Value Addedcalls on governments to invest more resources to harness them calls on governments to invest more resources to harness them.

Geographic Variations in Health Care: What Do We Know and What Can Be Done to Improve Health System Performance?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

New Data from Roper: Pew Hispanic Center Poll: 2012 National Survey of Latinos

Pew Hispanic Center Poll: 2012 National Survey of Latinos

Preferred term of Hispanic or Latino (1); family heritage (1); country born in (2); years living in United States (1); country parents born in (2); US citizenship (2); satisfaction with direction of country (1); thoughts toward presidential election (1); presidential candidate preferences (2); voter participation (2); Hispanic vote impact on election (1); party more concerned for Hispanics (1); importance of various election issues (6); photo ID needed to vote (2); support for illegal immigrant children policy (2); peers detained for immigration reasons (1); Spanish language proficiency (2); English language proficiency (2); personal financial situation (2); importance of various personal goals (5); friends with same family heritage (1); Hispanic ethnicity affecting parts of life (3); Mexican ethnicity affecting parts of life (3); quality of interaction between racial groups (3); support for same-sex marriage (1); keeping up with news (1); preferred news sources (4); language of news sources (4); accuracy of news sources (2); quality of media coverage of Hispanics (1); ownership of various electronic devices (3); type of cell phone (1); internet usage (1); email habits (1); internet usage on handheld devices (1); social networking sites (2); news through social networking (1).
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Friday, April 25, 2014

Census Bureau Statistics Explore Voting Patterns of Young Adults

Voting rates among young adults fell to 38.0 percent in 2012 from 44.3 percent in 2008 following increases in two consecutive presidential elections (2008 and 2004), according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report on age and voting patterns released today.
These statistics come from Young Adult Voting: An Analysis of Presidential Elections, 1964-2012, which uses data collected by the Current Population Survey. The report provides a detailed 50-year historical portrait of voters with a specific focus on young adults.
In every U.S. presidential election from 1964 on, 18- to 24-year-olds voted at lower rates than all other age groups. In contrast, Americans 65 and older have voted at higher rates than all other age groups since the 1996 election.
“The young-adult voting gap closed somewhat from 2000 to 2008 but opened up a bit again in 2012,” said Thom File, a sociologist in the Census Bureau’s Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division. “Age-based voting patterns are not set in stone. For example as recently as 1992, the nation’s oldest voters did not vote at a level higher than all other age groups.”
State Level Voting 
Voting rates also varied by state according to the report. Although 18- to 29-year-olds voted at lower levels than other age groups nationally in 2012, this result was not geographically uniform.
“Although young adults have been historically less inclined to vote than older individuals, in 2012 young voters were more engaged in states where older populations were highly engaged as well,” File said. “At the very least, this suggests that low voting rates among young adults can vary according to geography and other factors.”
Gender and Age Differences 
Voting rates have also varied according to age and gender. Women tend to vote at higher rates than men across most age groups. In every election since 1996, women age 18 through 29 voted at higher rates than men of the same age, with a difference of about 8.0 percentage points in 2008. For older Americans, a gender voting gap has operated in reverse, with men 65 and older voting at higher rates than women of that age in every election since 1996. At about 6.5 percentage points, this differential was larger in 1996 than in the two most recent elections, with older men voting at a higher rate than older women by about 3.7 percentage points, an indication that the gender divide among older voters may soon be a thing of the past.
Online Data Tools: Voting Report
In addition to the report, the Census Bureau released an interactive Voting Report that provides comparisons of voting and registration patterns by demographic, social and geographic characteristics for the U.S. and states.
About the Current Population Survey
The Current Population Survey has collected data on voting and voter registration in November of even-numbered election years since 1964 and provides voting estimates alongside other population characteristics, including age, sex, race and educational attainment.
As in all surveys, these statistics are subject to sampling and nonsampling error. The strength of Census Bureau voting statistics is that they look at voters’ social and demographic characteristics, which are not available from an official vote tally. The estimates of total voters presented in this report may differ from those based on administrative data or exit polls for a variety of methodological reasons. For more information, see the sections of the report on Source and Accuracy of the Data.