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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  • Survey of Multiracial Adults

    • January 23, 2017

    Conducted February-April 2015 | File Release Date: 23 January 2017 Read More

  • Survey of American Parents

    • January 20, 2017

    Survey Details: Conducted September-October 2015 | File Release Date: 20 January 2017 Read More

  • Intergenerational Relations

    • January 20, 2017

    Survey Details: Conducted October-December 2014 | File Release Date: 20 January 2017 Read More

  • 4. Police, fatal encounters and ensuing protests

    • January 11, 2017

    Shortly after noon on Aug. 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Since 2015, almost 500 blacks have been fatally shot by police.11 Their deaths and the disputed circumstances surrounding many of these incidents have sparked widespread protests over police tactics and raised […] Read More

  • 3. Police and the community

    • January 11, 2017

    Police officers routinely deal with people behaving at their worst. Frequent encounters with verbally abusive and sometimes physically combative citizens also come with the badge. Despite these experiences, the Pew Research Center survey finds that a majority of officers retain a generally positive view of the public. About seven-in-ten reject the assertion that most people […] Read More

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