Category Archives: Enumerati

Unemployment Drops to 4.6 Percent

4.6%

“U.S. employers hired at a steady clip in November while the unemployment rate fell to the lowest level in nine years, signs of enduring labor-market growth that will likely leave Federal Reserve officials on track to raise interest rates later this month,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Nonfarm payrolls rose by a seasonally adjusted 178,000 in November from the prior month, the Labor Department said. The unemployment rate dropped to 4.6% from 4.9% in October as some people found jobs while others dropped out of the workforce. At 4.6%, the rate is the lowest since August 2007. Economists expected 180,000 new jobs and a jobless rate of 4.9% in November.”

Fewer Americans Want to Scrap Obamacare

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Share of Americans who say they want to scrap the Affordable Care Act, down from nearly a third in October, according to a new Kaiser Health poll. By contrast, nearly half say they want the law expanded or implemented as it is. Another 17% say they want the law scaled back.

Petraeus Would Have to Notify His Probation Officer

3

Number of days David Petraeus will have to notify his probation officer, if he is picked as the next Secretary of State, The Hill reports. From his court judgment after being sentenced to two years: “The defendant shall not leave the Western District of North Carolina without the permission of the Court or probation officer. Travel allowed for work as approved by U.S. probation office.”

Clinton’s Lead is 2.5 Million

2.5 million

Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead over Donald Trump just passed 2.5 million, or 1.9%, according to the Cook Political Report tally.

$5k Will Get You Breakfast with Donald

$5,000

Amount the Wall Street Journal reports Trump’s transition team “is offering supporters a rare opportunity: breakfast in New York with the next president for $5,000 — pocket change for many of the team’s wealthy fundraisers. Wall Street investors and lobbyists top the list of fundraisers for next week’s event, which is expected to raise $4 million.”

Support for Autocratic Alternatives Is Rising

1 in 6

The share of Americans who say that army rule would be a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ thing had risen to 1 in 6 in 2014, compared with 1 in 16 in 1995, according to data from the European and World Values Surveys, reports New York Times. “That trend is particularly strong among young people. For instance, in a previously published paper, the researchers calculated that 43 percent of older Americans believed it was illegitimate for the military to take over if the government were incompetent or failing to do its job, but only 19 percent of millennials agreed. The same generational divide showed up in Europe, where 53 percent of older people thought a military takeover would be illegitimate, while only 36 percent of millennials agreed.”

NYT Has Seen Post-Election Surge in Subscriptions

132,000

Number of paid subscriptions to online and print the New York Times has seen since the presidential election, the media giant said in an exclusive statement to CNBC.

Most Americans — Even Republicans — Don’t Think Trump’s Children Should Have a Part in Government

17%

Of Americans are happy with the idea of Donald Trump’s children serving as advisors and running his business, according to a YouGov poll. 30% say they should pick between the two roles, while 36% say they should have nothing to do with government at all. Democrats are, unsurprisingly, most hostile to the Trump children’s involvement, but even Republicans have concerns. 31% of Republicans are OK with the planned arrangement, where his children have two roles, but 39% think his children should pick between business and politics. Only 18% of Republicans feel his children should not be involved in government at all.

Only Nine Presidential Elections Had Smaller Electoral College Wins than Donald’s

44th of 54

Nate Silver: “In a historical context, Trump’s Electoral College performance is decidedly below-average… There have been 54 presidential elections since the ratification of the 12th Amendment in 1804. (Before that, presidential electors cast two votes each, making it hard to compare them to present-day elections.) Of those 54 cases, Trump’s share of the electoral vote — assuming there are no faithless electors or results overturned by recounts — ranks 44th.”

Obama Approval Hits Second-Term High

50% to 43%

President Obama’s job approval rating, his highest score since right after he won reelection four years ago, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Most interesting: “Obama’s policies have helped the nation’s economy, 44% of voters say, as 38% say his policies have hurt the economy and 16% say his policies haven’t made a difference. But only 21% of voters say Obama’s policies have helped their personal financial situation, as 33% say these policies have hurt them personally and 44% say they’ve made no difference.”