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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  • 5 facts about family caregivers

    • November 18, 2015

    As American society gets grayer, families are taking the lead role in providing care for aging adults. Read More

  • About This Report

    • November 6, 2015

    This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Eileen Patten, research analyst, analyzed the data and wrote the report. Claudia Deane, vice president of research; Juliana Menasce Horowitz, associate director of research; Scott Keeter, director of research; Kyley McGeeney, research methodologist; and Kim Parker, director of social […] Read More

  • References

    • November 6, 2015

    Brunsma, David L. and Kerry Ann Rockquemore. 2001. “The New Color Complex: Appearances and Biracial Identity.” Identity 3(1):29-52. Cohn, D’Vera. 2012. “Census Bureau Considers Changing Its Race/Hispanic Questions.” Washington, D.C.: Pew Research Center. August. Cohn, D’Vera. 2015. “Census considers new approach to asking about race – by not using the term at all.” Washington, D.C.: […] Read More

  • Appendix B: About the Data

    • November 6, 2015

    The data in this report are based on three independent survey administrations based on the same randomly selected, nationally representative group of respondents. The first is Pew Research Center’s largest survey on domestic politics to date: the 2014 Political Polarization and Typology Survey, a telephone survey of just over 10,000 Americans. A subset of these […] Read More