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

    • January 18, 2018

    This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/socialtrends. Kim Parker, Director, Social Trends Research Juliana Horowitz, Associate Director, Research Anna Brown, Research Analyst Anthony Cilluffo, Research Assistant Nikki Graf, Research Associate Gretchen Livingston, Senior Researcher Claudia Deane, Vice President, Research Molly […] Read More

  • They’re Waiting Longer, but U.S. Women Today More Likely to Have Children Than a Decade Ago

    • January 18, 2018

    The share of U.S. women at the end of their childbearing years who have ever given birth was higher in 2016 than it had been 10 years earlier. Read More

  • Methodology

    • January 9, 2018

    The analysis in this report comes from two sources: 1) Pew Research Center analysis of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (IPUMS) and the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and 2) a nationally representative survey conducted from July 11 to Aug. 10, 2017, among a sample of 4,914 adults 18 years of age or older. […] Read More

  • Acknowledgments

    • January 9, 2018

    This report is made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts. This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports on science and STEM online at: www.pewresearch.org/science and reports on gender and the workplace at www.pewresearch.org/socialtrends. Primary research team Cary Funk, Director, Science and Society Research […] Read More

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