Inside the Numbers

How To Read Trump’s Polling Numbers

How popular, or unpopular, is President Donald Trump?

If you are like me, you enjoy following the perpetual drama that is a president’s approval rating and trying to figure out what factors are affecting it. The problem with trying to do that in the era of President Trump is the polls rarely agree with where he stands or how his numbers are moving.





Which Alaskan Pollster’s Numbers Should You Trust?

How do the pollsters who publish most of the local data we see stack up? Which ones should we put the most stock in?

Luckily for us, 538 doesn’t just talk trash, they actually dig in and evaluate each one. We put together this sampling of their evaluations for pollsters we have seen operating in Alaska recently.






Inside the Numbers: Oil and Gas Jobs Best In Wage Growth

Workers in America’s oil and gas patches have enjoyed some of the country’s biggest gains in the buying power of their paychecks over the past decade and a half, while workers in several small and mid-sized manufacturing-oriented cities have watched their buying power shrink over the same time period.