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Notable numbers: Presidential polls, college dropouts and toddlers with guns

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24 The percentage increase in the age-adjusted suicide rate in the United States from 1999 to 2014

38 The percentage increase in suicides of Native American men over the same period

89 The percentage increase among Native American women

13 The rate of suicide deaths per 100,000 Americans in 2014

5.1 The rate of homicide deaths in 2013

53 The percentage of U.S. college freshmen who earn a bachelor’s degree within six years

39 The percentage of community college students who obtain a credential from a two-year or four-year institution within six years

$4.5 billion The cost of those dropouts measured in lost earnings and taxes

38.5 The percentage decrease in the birth rates for American girls ages 15 to 19 from 2006-2007 to 2013-2014

43.3 The percentage drop in North Carolina’s rate

40.3 The percentage decrease for U.S. black teens over the same period

42.4 The percentage drop in North Carolina

47.8 The percentage decrease for U.S. Hispanic teens

61.5 The percentage drop in North Carolina

1,457 The number of requests that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court received from the NSA and FBI last year for electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence reasons

0 The number of requests the court denied

1,379 The number of requests the court received in 2014

0 The number it denied

23 The number of times a U.S. toddler had shot someone as of May 1

11 The number of those shootings that were fatal

9 The number of those shootings that were toddlers shooting themselves

30 The number of people killed in accidental shootings last year in which the shooter was 5 or younger

27 The number of states that have laws that hold adults responsible for letting children have unsupervised access to guns

1 The number that requires gun owners to store their guns in a locked place (Massachusetts)

44-44 The support a Public Policy poll found this week for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in North Carolina

49-37 The breakdown that a poll from the conservative Civitas Institute found last week, with Clinton winning

30-65 Trump’s favorable-unfavorable rating in the Civitas poll

43-52 Clinton’s favorable-unfavorable rating

50 The percentage of Americans who said in a recent Pew poll that they view the Democratic Party unfavorably

45 The percentage who said they view it favorably

62 The percentage who said they viewed the Republican Party unfavorably

33 The percentage who said they view it favorably

+48 The net favorable rating among Republicans for Ted Cruz in January

-6 His rating the last week of April

+24 The net favorable rating for Donald Trump among Republicans that week

-75 Trump’s net favorable image among Democrats that week

-45 What it was for Cruz

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