Societal changes drive public policy.  These shifts include an aging population; the growth of high tech and service sector jobs; evolving views on race, ethnicity, and immigration; and changes in family structure.  Pew studies these attitudes and trends and their impact through the use of original public opinion survey research, along with social, economic, and demographic data analysis.  Pew’s work includes a major study of the millennial generation and the distinct path it is forging toward adulthood, with fewer ties to traditional religious and political institutions and more use of social media to build personal networks.

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  • Acknowledgments

    • February 5, 2016

    This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at Kim Parker, Director of Social Trends Research Carroll Doherty, Director, Political Research Jocelyn Kiley, Associate Director, Research Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Associate Director, Research Rakesh Kochhar, Associate Director, Research Alec Tyson, Senior Researcher Anna […] Read More

  • Methodology

    • February 5, 2016

    The analysis in this report is based on two telephone surveys conducted December 8-13, 2015 and January 7-14, 2016. A combination of landline and cell phone random digit dial samples were used; both samples were provided by Survey Sampling International. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. Respondents in the landline sample were selected by […] Read More

  • Most Americans Say Government Doesn’t Do Enough to Help Middle Class

    • February 4, 2016

    As Americans begin casting the first ballots in the 2016 presidential election, neither political party is widely viewed as supportive of the middle class in this country. Read More

  • 1. The American family today

    • December 17, 2015

    Family life is changing. Two-parent households are on the decline in the United States as divorce, remarriage and cohabitation are on the rise. And families are smaller now, both due to the growth of single-parent households and the drop in fertility. Not only are Americans having fewer children, but the circumstances surrounding parenthood have changed. […] Read More

  • 2. Satisfaction, time and support

    • December 17, 2015

    With the complicated fabric of the changing American family as a backdrop, the new Pew Research Center survey provides insight into how today’s parents are raising their children and laying the groundwork for their futures. Most parents say they are doing a good job raising their children, but some clearly face more challenges than others. […] Read More