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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  • 1. Demographic trends and economic well-being

    • June 27, 2016

    In many ways, America remains two societies – one black and one white – as measured by key demographic indicators of social and economic well-being. 5 At the same time, it’s important to note that on some measures, gaps across racial and ethnic groups have diminished. Analyses of federal government data by the Pew Research […] Read More

  • On Views of Race and Inequality, Blacks and Whites Are Worlds Apart

    • June 27, 2016

    There are deep divisions between blacks and whites in how they see racial discrimination, barriers to black progress and prospects for change. Read More

  • 5. Personal experiences with discrimination

    • June 27, 2016

    Roughly seven-in-ten black Americans (71%) say they have personally experienced discrimination or been treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity, including 11% who say this is something they experience regularly. Far lower shares of whites (30%) and Hispanics (52%) report experiencing discrimination because of their race or ethnicity. Overall, four-in-ten black Americans say their […] Read More

  • Acknowledgments

    • June 27, 2016

    This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the individuals listed below. In addition, Pew Research Center received invaluable advice on the development of the questionnaire from Jennifer Richeson, professor of psychology at Yale University, and Christopher Whitt, associate professor of political science and Africana studies at Augustana College. We […] Read More

  • Methodology

    • June 27, 2016

    Survey methodology Most of the analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted Feb. 29 to May 8, 2016, among a national sample of 3,769 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (977 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 2,792 […] Read More