Notable numbers: The Republican-Democrat divide; who goes to college

June 20, 2014 

Statistics from the past week that deserve a doubletake

30 The percentage of consistently conservative Americans who would be unhappy if a family member were to marry a Democrat

73 The percentage of consistently conservative Americans who would be unhappy if a family member married someone who doesn’t believe in God

23 The percentage who would be unhappy if a family member married someone of a different race

23 The percentage of consistently liberal Americans who would be unhappy if a family member were to marry a Republican

27 The percentage who would be unhappy if a family member married a born again Christian

1 The percentage who would be unhappy if a family member married someone of a different race

3 in 10 The number of American women who will have an abortion in their lives

14 The percentage of ob-gyns who perform abortions

9 The percentage of children in the bottom quartile of family incomes who get a college education

80 The percentage of children in the top quartile of family income who get a college education, regardless of academic ability

$335 billion What Americans gave to charities last year, a 3 percent inflation-adjusted increase over 2012

1.6The percentage decline in giving to religious groups

11 Where the United States ranks on a list of 11 industrialized nations on health care quality and access

$8,508 What the U.S. spent per person on health care in 2011

$3,406 What the United Kingdom spent

$51,017

The median U.S. household income in 2012, $4,600 less than in 2007

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