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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  • Gender and Leadership

    • March 25, 2016

    Survey Details: Conducted November 2014 | File Release Date: 22 March 2016 Read More

  • Appendix A: References

    • February 18, 2016

    Kramarow, Ellen A. 1995. “The Elderly Who Live Alone in the United States: Historical Perspectives on Household Change.” Demography 32(3):335-352. McGarry, Kathleen and Robert F. Schoeni. 2000. “Social Security, Economic Growth, and the Rise in Elderly Widows’ Independence in the Twentieth Century.” Demography 37(2):221-236. Ruggles, Steven. 2007. “The Decline of Intergenerational Coresidence in the United […] Read More

  • Acknowledgments

    • February 18, 2016

    This report relies in part on data from a 2014 survey on intergenerational relations in aging societies. That survey was made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts, which received support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. The 2014 […] Read More

  • Methodology

    • February 18, 2016

    The analysis in this report is based on two nationally representative telephone surveys conducted in the United States in 2014 and 2009. For both of the surveys, interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by Princeton Data Source under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The 2014 telephone interviews were conducted Oct. 27-Nov. […] Read More