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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  • The Data on Women Leaders

    • March 17, 2017

    Most Americans find women indistinguishable from men on key leadership traits, yet women still make up a small share of top leadership jobs. Explore the share of women in top U.S. political and business roles over time with these interactive charts. Read More

  • Video: How police view their jobs

    • February 18, 2017

    Here's how police view their jobs, key issues and recent fatal encounters between blacks and police, according to our new survey of nearly 8,000 sworn officers. Read More

  • 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

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