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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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. – Race Survey

    • November 19, 2014

    Survey Details: Conducted August 2013 | File Release Date: 2014 November 19 Read More

  • Appendix B: Methodology

    • November 14, 2014

    Analyses of the trends and characteristics of adults based upon their marital status and marital history are derived from the 2013 American Community Survey (ACS), as well as the 1960 and 1980 Decennial Censuses. All of these data sources produce nationally representative samples of the U.S. population, and are conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. […] Read More

  • Chapter 4: Marriage and Remarriage Among Newlywed Couples

    • November 14, 2014

    While the focus of this analysis so far has been on marriage and remarriage among individuals, it’s interesting to look at the dynamics of couples, based on whether both members are in their first marriage, or whether one or both have been married previously. Among new marriages in 2013, fully 40% included at least one […] Read More

  • Chapter 3: The Differing Demographic Profiles of First-Time Married, Remarried and Divorced Adults

    • November 14, 2014

    In this section, the adult population is divided into three groups, based on their marital status and marital history: those in their first marriage, those who are currently remarried,1 and those who are divorced but not currently remarried.2 Looking first at gender patterns, women are overrepresented among divorced adults3—57% of divorced adults in 2013 were […] Read More