Our 51 Best (And Weirdest) Charts Of 2021

In 2021, FiveThirtyEight’s visual journalists told stories of the pandemic, political gridlock and the world of sports. We’ve fought to make our work more accessible and to sharpen our storytelling. Through it all, we kept it weird. Now we continue our tradition of celebrating our best — and wackiest — charts of the year. Here […]Read More

Why Biden Can’t Win On Inflation

It was the summer of 1979, and President Jimmy Carter was up against it. Americans were paying far more for gas and groceries than they were the year before, and Carter was confronted with a choice: He could tell Americans that this was a problem the government could fix, or he could tell them to […]Read More

What ‘The Squad’ Tells Us About Progressives’ Ability To Win

Back in 2018, a quartet of Democratic women — known commonly as “The Squad” — broke barriers on their way to Congress: They were young women of color with no prior congressional experience who, in some cases, bested a white incumbent to represent their now racially diversifying districts. They were heralded as the “future of […]Read More

Why There Hasn’t Been A Mass Exodus Of Teachers

This article is a collaboration between FiveThirtyEight and The Fuller Project, a nonprofit newsroom reporting on issues that affect women. Sarah Caswell is stressed about her job every day. The science and special-education teacher in Philadelphia sees things going wrong everywhere she looks. Her high school students have been falling behind during the COVID-19 pandemic, […]Read More

Why Some Lesbian, Gay And Bisexual Americans Are Loyal To

Welcome to Political Outliers, a column that explores groups of Americans who are often portrayed as all voting the same way. In today’s climate, it’s easy to focus on how a group identifies politically,but that’s never the full story. Blocs of voters are rarely uniform in their beliefs, which is why this column will dive […]Read More

Most Americans Are Afraid Of Inflation

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. You can see it at the grocery store, the gas station and your heating bill (though, mercifully, not at the liquor store): Prices are getting higher. Since October of last year, prices for consumer goods have risen 6.2 percent — the biggest year-over-year increase since 1990 — according […]Read More

Would You Manage 70 Children And A 15-Ton Vehicle For

This article is a collaboration between FiveThirtyEight and The Fuller Project, a nonprofit newsroom reporting on issues that affect women. One day last spring, Naima Kaidi waited nearly an hour for her kindergartener and first-grader to get home from school. She stood on the corner near her house, but the bus was nowhere to be […]Read More

How Fast Is The Economy Recovering?

For nearly a year, the economy has been on a long, exhausting slog toward post-pandemic “normalcy.” And it isn’t over yet. This page — which we plan to update every month — will tell us how far we still have to go before the economy is back where it was before the pandemic shut down […]Read More

The Debt Ceiling Is Dangerous. Here’s Why It Probably Isn’t

All-out partisan conflict has jammed the gears in the U.S. Senate in recent years, causing a virtual standstill. We’ve seen the Republican Party block a presidential nominee to the Supreme Court without a hearing or vote. We’ve seen both parties increasingly use the filibuster when they’re in the minority to impede the opposition from passing […]Read More

How The Pandemic Changed The Sex Work Industry

UPDATE (Aug. 25, 2021, 11:35 a.m.): When FiveThirtyEight published this video in July, longtime sex workers described their experiences with censorship across platforms in the past and told us it was only a matter of time before OnlyFans kicked them off the platform. On Aug. 19, OnlyFans announced that it would ban sexually explicit content. […]Read More