2022: ICYMITE (In Case You Missed It: Trendlines Edition)


What happened in 2022? If you don’t remember (or you’re still screaming into the void), Trendlines can help. The year started with an online craze: Wordle. In February only 13% of Americans had played the game, but now it features daily on the NYT homepage—with no paywall (yet)—we’d wager more people are thinking in five-letter-words.


Contrary to what some of our relatives (some of whom are now former subscribers) think, we didn’t only report political data this year. That said, here’s some major political takeaways in one list. Burn 'em, print 'em out to share with an unsuspecting pedestrian, submit them as official testimony the next time your city council brings up industrial land use zoning... the choice is yours. You have one hour.


  • Only 22% of Americans wanted to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade and no single demographic group had a majority of support for overturning the decision.
  • While 69% of Democrats publicly agree it’s important to have more Black Americans in positions of power in the judicial system, that number decreases to under half (47%) when responding to the statement privately. 😬
  • Channeling their inner college students, just 27% of Americans say we have an adequate number of parties. Political parties, that is.

This was the year we talked Twitter and mused about moving to the moon. To demonstrate the potential disparity between private and public opinions we flexed our analytical muscles (more attractive than superhero-Trump trading cards—not the trump cards he hoped for); we also hit our funny bone on the water purifier a majority of Americans are bringing to a deserted island.

Thanks for reading. See you in the new year. Assuming you don’t lose yourself in the void, that is.