Harper’s Index — From the November 2014 issue

Harper’s Index

Chance that a Republican voter has thought about the midterm elections “only a little” : 1 in 3

That a Democratic voter has : 1 in 2

Percentage of midterm campaign advertisements that have mentioned health care : 43

That have mentioned women’s rights : 4

Number of states that have enacted new restrictions on abortion since the last midterm elections : 31

Percentage change since 2004 in the annual number of adoptions by U.S. families : –69

Average cost for a Canadian family to adopt a white U.S. child through the Shepherd Care agency in Florida : $41,000

To adopt a black U.S. child : $32,000

Year by which South Koreans will be “extinct” given current fertility rates, according to government demographers : 2750

Average amount paid on the black market to surrogate mothers in China : $24,000

Percentage by which a Muslim in India is less likely than a Hindu to die in infancy : 19

Percentage of white U.S. Protestants who say they sympathize with Palestinians : 37

Of black U.S. Protestants : 52

Of religiously unaffiliated Americans : 57

Factor by which a member of the general U.S. population is more likely than a U.S. prisoner to self-identify as an atheist : 34

Portion of American police officers who are white : 3/4

Percentage of white Americans who say police do a poor job protecting people from crime : 10

Of black Americans who say so : 33

Estimated number of times SWAT teams were deployed in the United States in 1980 : 3,000

In 2013 : 60,000

Average number of SWAT raids carried out per day in Maryland since 2009 : 4.5

Percentage of Americans who support military intervention against the Islamic State : 62

Who think it’s unlikely to succeed : 68

Estimated number of African and Middle Eastern refugees who have drowned in the Mediterreanean this year : 1,890

Number of teenagers who escaped through a hole in the fence of a Nashville juvenile detention center in September : 32

Number still at large two weeks later : 2

Percentage of U.S. smartphone owners aged 18 to 24 who check their phones immediately after waking up each morning : 74

Percentage increase in requests by world governments for Twitter user data since the beginning of this year : 46

Percentage of all requests that have come from the U.S. government : 61

Portion of U.S. government requests with which Twitter complies : 3/4

Chance a resident of Las Vegas has been reported to a debt-collection agency : 1 in 2

Amount the city of Fairbanks, Alaska, has spent to appeal a $37.50 campaign-violation fine levied against its mayor : $7,000

Estimated number of Puerto Ricans who retire to the mainland United States each year : 5,200

Portion of former NFL players expected to get dementia, according to a report prepared for the league : 3/10

Average percentage change in the rate of painkiller-overdose deaths two years after a state legalizes medical marijuana : –25

Number of arrests made by New York City police officers since 2004 in which the top charge was resisting arrest : 57,644

Total value of unclaimed money in New York State bank accounts : $13,200,000,000

Amount held in the largest currently unclaimed account : $1,700,000

Amount by which Dollar General outbid Dollar Tree in an attempted August takeover of Family Dollar : $700,000,000

Figures cited are the latest available as of September 2014.


November Index Sources

1,2 Pew Research Center (Washington)
3,4 Kantar Media (Washington)
5 Guttmacher Institute (Washington)
6 U.S. Department of State
7,8 Adoption by Shepherd Care (Hollywood, Fla.)
9 National Assembly Research Service (Seoul)
10 Baby Plan International Medical Group (Wuhan, China)
11 Christine Valente, University of Bristol (England)
12–14 Pew Research Center (Washington)
15 Federal Bureau of Prisons/Pew Research Center (Washington)
16 Bureau of Justice Statistics (Washington)
17,18 Pew Research Center (Washington)
19,20 Peter Kraska, Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond)
21 Maryland Statistical Analysis Center (Baltimore)
22,23 Annenberg Public Policy Center (Philadelphia)
24 Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Geneva)
25,26 Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (Nashville)
27 International Data Corporation (Framingham, Mass.)
28–30 Twitter Inc. (Washington)
31 The Urban Institute (Washington)
32 City of Fairbanks Legal Department (Alaska)
33 U.S. Census Bureau (Suitland, Md.)/Pew Research Center (Washington)
34 The Segal Group (N.Y.C.)
35 Marcus Bachhuber, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
36 New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (Albany)
37,38 The Office of the State Comptroller (Albany)
39 Brunswick Group (N.Y.C.)/Sard Verbinnen & Co. (N.Y.C.)

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