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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  • In their own words: Why do Americans say men or women have it easier in the U.S.?

    • October 18, 2017

    In their own words: Why do Americans say men or women have it easier in the U.S.? Read More

  • Acknowledgments

    • October 18, 2017

    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                 Renee Stepler, Research Analyst Richard Fry, Senior Economist Anna Brown, Research Analyst Anthony Cilluffo, Research Assistant Nikki Graf, Research Associate Gretchen Livingston, […] Read More

  • Methodology

    • October 18, 2017

    The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults recruited from landline and cellphone random-digit-dial (RDD) surveys. Panelists participate via monthly self-administered web surveys. Panelists who do not have internet access are provided with a tablet and wireless internet connection. The panel is being […] Read More

  • Wide Partisan Gaps in U.S. Over How Far the Country Has Come on Gender Equality

    • October 18, 2017

    Most Democrats are dissatisfied with the nation's progress on gender equality, while more than half of Republicans say it has been about right. Read More

  • Asian groups in the U.S., 2015

    • September 14, 2017

    The U.S. Asian population is diverse. A record 20 million Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Read More

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