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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  • How Census Race Categories Have Changed Over Time

    • June 11, 2015

    The race, ethnicity and origin categories used in the U.S. decennial census have shifted over time often in a reflection of current politics, science and public attitudes. Our interactive tracks the category names from 1790 to 2010. Read More

  • Voices of Multiracial Americans

    • June 11, 2015

    For much of its history, America has discussed race in the singular form. But the language of race is changing. Ten multiracial Americans share their views of race, identity, relationships and the future. Read More

  • About This Report

    • June 11, 2015

    This report, produced by Pew Research Center, examines the attitudes, experiences and demographic characteristics of multiracial Americans. The findings are based on data from two primary sources: A nationally representative survey of 1,555 multiracial Americans ages 18 and older, conducted online from Feb. 6 to April 6, 2015, and Pew Research analyses of data collected […] Read More

  • Appendix A: Survey Methodology

    • June 11, 2015

    The analysis in this report is based on a Pew Research Center survey conducted online Feb. 6-April 6, 2015 among a probability based sample of 1,555 multiracial Americans ages 18 and older. The sample of multiracial adults was identified after contacting and collecting basic demographic information from 21,224 adults nationwide. For comparative purposes, an additional […] Read More

  • Chapter 6: Partisanship, Policy Views and Social Values

    • June 11, 2015

    Overall, multiracial adults look similar to the general public in terms of their partisanship, ideology and views about the role of government. Read More