Social Trends

The Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project studies behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives, including family, community, health, finance, work and leisure.

The project explores these topics by combining original public opinion survey research with social, economic and demographic data analysis.

Issues studied have included: the challenges of motherhood; levels of trust among different demographic groups; “Generation Next”— i.e. the cohort of 16-to-25-year-olds; and Americans’ perceptions of their family finances.

These reports help journalists, academic researchers and others better understand how social trends are shaping everyday life in this country.

The Pew Research Center does not take positions on policy debates. It is a subsidiary of Pew and is based in Washington, D.C. For more information about social trends polling, visit the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project Web site


  • After Decades of Decline, A Rise in Stay-at-Home Mothers

    Apr 08, 2014 - The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29% in 2012, up from a modern-era low of 23% in 1999, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data.

  • Modern Parenthood

    Mar 14, 2014 - The way mothers and fathers spend their time has changed dramatically in the past half century. Dads are doing more housework and child care; moms more paid work outside the home. Neither has overtaken the other in their “traditional” realms, but their roles are converging, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of long-term data on time use.

  • Two-Thirds of Americans Actively Engage with Libraries

    Mar 13, 2014 - The digital era has brought profound challenges and opportunities to countless institutions and industries, from universities to newspapers to the music industry, in ways both large and small. Institutions that were previously identified with printed material—and its attendant properties of being expensive, scarce, and obscure—are now considering how to take on new roles as purveyors of information, connections, and entertainment, using the latest formats and technologies.

  • 5 Facts About Economic Inequality

    Jan 07, 2014 - Issues of inequality seem poised to play a large role in the public discourse this year. President Obama is expected to use his Jan. 28 State of the Union speech to promote specific proposals aimed at inequality, such as raising the federal minimum wage.

  • 5 Facts About Americans’ Views on Life-and-Death Issues

    Jan 07, 2014 - A recent Pew Research Center survey explores Americans’ views on life and death. Here are some of the key findings.

  • More Than Half of Cell Owners Affected by ‘Distracted Walking’

    Jan 02, 2014 - Stories about cellphone distractions are rarely out of the news these days.

  • Public Opinion on the Issues in 2014

    Dec 31, 2013 - Every year thousands of new state laws are added to the books. The Pew Research Center takes a look at the national public opinion on these new state laws that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

  • King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal; Many Americans See Racial Disparities

    Aug 22, 2013 - Five decades after Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., a new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that fewer than half (45%) of all Americans say the country has made substantial progress toward racial equality and about the same share (49%) say that “a lot more” remains to be done.

  • A Rising Share of Young Adults Live in Their Parents’ Home

    Aug 01, 2013 - In 2012, 36% of the nation’s young adults ages 18 to 31—the so-called Millennial generation—were living in their parents’ home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. This is the highest share in at least four decades and represents a slow but steady increase over the 32% of their same-aged counterparts who were living at home prior to the Great Recession in 2007 and the 34% doing so when it officially ended in 2009.

  • The Rise of Single Fathers

    Jul 02, 2013 - A record 8% of households with minor children in the United States are headed by a single father, up from just over 1% in 1960. The increase is likely due to the growing share of non-marital births, higher divorce rates and the increasing importance of fathers as caregivers.

  • Breadwinner Moms

    May 29, 2013 - Mothers are now the sole or primary provider in 40% of households with children, up from just 11% in 1960. The public is conflicted about the gains women have made in the workplace, applauding the economic benefits, but also voicing concerns about the impact on children and marriage.

  • Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware

    May 08, 2013 - National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data.

  • How Americans Feel About Doing Their Taxes

    Apr 12, 2013 - As April 15 approaches, a majority of Americans (56%) have a negative reaction to doing their income taxes, with 26% saying they hate doing them. However, about a third (34%) say they either like (29%) or love (5%) doing their taxes.

  • Update: The Rise of Asian Americans

    Apr 08, 2013 - Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They are more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place more value than other Americans do on marriage, parenthood, hard work and career success, according to a comprehensive new nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center.

  • Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana

    Apr 04, 2013 - For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana. A national survey finds that 52% say that the use of marijuana should be made legal while 45% say it should not.

  • Work-Family Balance Converges for Parents

    Mar 14, 2013 - Dads are doing more housework and child care; moms more paid work outside the home. Neither has overtaken the other in their "traditional" realms, but their roles are converging, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of long-term data on time use.

  • Twitter Reaction to Events Often at Odds with Overall Public Opinion

    Mar 04, 2013 - The reaction on Twitter to major political events and policy decisions often differs a great deal from public opinion as measured by surveys. This is the conclusion of a year-long Pew Research Center study that compared the results of national polls to the tone of tweets in response to eight major news events, including the outcome of the presidential election, the first presidential debate and major speeches by Barack Obama.

  • How Teachers Are Using Technology

    Feb 28, 2013 - A survey of teachers who instruct American middle and secondary school students finds that digital technologies have become central to their teaching and professionalization. At the same time, the internet, mobile phones, and social media have brought new challenges to teachers, and they report striking differences in access to the latest digital technologies between lower and higher income students and school districts.

  • Middle-Aged Adults 'Sandwiched' Between Aging Parents and Kids

    Jan 31, 2013 - With an aging population and a generation of young adults struggling to achieve financial independence, the burdens and responsibilities of middle-aged Americans are increasing.

  • After Divisive Campaign, Public Sees Less Group Conflict

    Jan 10, 2013 - Despite an election focusing on polarizing issues, the public now perceives less conflict between the rich and poor, immigrants and non-immigrants, and young and old.

  • No Reversal in Decline of Marriage

    Nov 20, 2012 - In 2011, 4.2 million adults were newly married, about the same number as in 2010 and sharply lower than the 4.5 million newlyweds estimated in 2008.

  • Election 2012: A Milestone En Route to Becoming a Majority Minority Nation

    Nov 07, 2012 - The minority groups that carried President Obama to victory yesterday by giving him 80% of their votes are on track to become a majority of the nation's population by 2050, according to Pew Research. They currently make up 37% of the population, and they cast a record 28% of the votes in the 2012 presidential election.

  • Record Shares of Young Adults Have Finished Both High School and College

    Nov 05, 2012 - In 2012, for the first time ever, one-third of the nation's 25 to 29-year-olds have completed at least a bachelor's degree. College completion is also now at record levels among key demographic groups, reports the Pew Research Center.

  • Record Shares of Young Adults Have Finished Both High School and College(2)

    Nov 05, 2012 - In 2012, for the first time ever, one-third of the nation's 25 to 29-year-olds have completed at least a bachelor's degree. College completion is also now at record levels among key demographic groups, according to Pew Research Center analysis.

  • More Americans Worry about Financing Retirement

    Oct 22, 2012 - Despite a slowly improving economy, about four-in-ten adults (38%) say they are not confident that they will have enough income and assets for their retirement, up from 25% at the end of the Great Recession in 2009, according to the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends.

  • A Record One-in-Five Households Now Owe Student Loan Debt

    Sep 26, 2012 - The Pew Research Center finds that student debt has increased in nearly every demographic and economic category since 2007, as has the size of that debt. The burden of student debt is greatest for the young and the poor.

  • Public Views on Government Assistance, Taxes and the Candidates

    Sep 20, 2012 - With the national conversation focused on class, the social safety net and the distribution of wealth, recent Pew Research Center surveys find that the public sees clear differences between Obama and Romney on these issues. Still, aspects of both candidates' arguments resonate with the public.

  • Photos and Videos are Key Social Currency Online

    Sep 13, 2012 - Fully 46% of internet users post original photos and videos online and 41% curate photos and videos on image-sharing sites. Women are more likely than men to use Pinterest, while Instagram and Tumblr attract equal shares of men and women, according to a new Pew Research Center study.

  • A Recovery No Better than the Recession

    Sep 12, 2012 - In the two years since the end of the Great Recession, the decrease in median household income almost exactly equaled that of the recession, according to a new Pew Research Center report. The current 'recovery' is the worst for household income for any post-recession period in decades.

  • A Third of Americans Now Say They Are in the Lower Classes

    Sep 11, 2012 - One in three Americans now says they are part of the lower or lower-middle classes, compared with one in four Americans who identified as such four years ago. More people under age 30, Hispanics, and whites self-identify in these categories.

  • Smartphones Popular With Young Adults, Higher-Income Households

    Sep 11, 2012 - Fully 45% of American adults own smartphones, including 66% of those ages 18-29 and 68% of those living in households earning $75,000 or more, according to a new Pew Research Center study.

  • Are Americans Better Off Today?

    Sep 07, 2012 - Americans do not rate their personal finances any better -or worse - than they did when Barack Obama took office nearly four years ago, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project. And while income is a major factor in people's vi

  • Public Says a Stable Job is Ticket to the Middle Class

    Aug 31, 2012 - Americans believe that having a secure job is by far the most important requirement for being in the middle class, easily trumping homeownership and a college education, according to a new nationwide survey. The public's view about what it takes to be in the middle class appears to have changed dramatically over the past two decades.

  • Yes, the Rich Are Different

    Aug 27, 2012 - A new survey finds that many Americans believe the rich are different than other people. The gap between the rich and the poor goes far beyond income, as adults who identify as upper or upper-middle class are generally happier, healthier, more satisfied with their jobs and optimistic about the country's economic future.

  • Where Do You Fit?: The Political Party Quiz

    Aug 24, 2012 - Do your views align more with Republicans, Democrats or Independents? Answer 12 questions in a new Pew Research Center quiz to learn where you fit on the political spectrum, just in time for the party conventions. Explore how you compare to other Americans by age, gender, race and religion.

  • The Lost Decade of the Middle Class

    Aug 22, 2012 - Since 2000, the middle class has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth and shed some -- but by no means all -- of its characteristic faith in the future. A new Pew Research Center report explores how middle-class Americans view themselves, as well as their outlook on the future and on the presidential candidates who are courting their votes.

  • Census Bureau Considers Changing Its Race, Hispanic Questions

    Aug 07, 2012 - The Census wants to address the mismatch between Americans' identity and the current categories presented on their questionnaires.

  • The Rise of Residential Segregation by Income

    Aug 01, 2012 - Upper- and lower-income Americans are more likely now than 30 years ago to live in economically segregated neighborhoods, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census tract and household income data. Residential segregation by income has risen in 27 of the nation's 30 largest metropolitan areas since 1980

  • The Rise of Asian Americans

    Jun 19, 2012 - According a comprehensive nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center, Asian Americans are the best-educated, highest-income, fastest growing race group in the country. They are more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place more value than other Americans do on marriage, parenthood, hard work and career success.

  • Japanese Wary of Nuclear Energy

    Jun 05, 2012 - As Japan considers restarting its nuclear reactors for the summer, 70% of Japanese say their country should reduce its reliance on nuclear energy. The Japanese also express widespread dissatisfaction with the government's performance handling the crisis and the overall recovery.

  • 2012 American Values Survey

    Jun 04, 2012 - As Americans head to the polls this November, their values and basic beliefs are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years, according to the 2012 Pew Research Center Values Survey. The values gap between Republicans and Democrats is now greater than gender, age, race or class divides.

  • European Unity on the Rocks

    May 29, 2012 - What started out as a European debt crisis has now become a full-blown crisis of public confidence in the European economy, membership in the European Union, the euro, and the free market system, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project. Greeks and Germans are at polar opposites in support for an integrated Europe.

  • Explaining Why Minority Births Now Outnumber White Births

    May 17, 2012 - The nation’s racial and ethnic minority groups—especially Hispanics—are growing more rapidly than the non-Hispanic white population, fueled by both immigration and births. This trend has been taking place for decades, and one result is the Census Bureau’s announcement today that non-Hispanic whites now account for a minority of births in the U.S. for the first time.

  • College Graduation: Weighing the Cost, and the Payoff

    May 17, 2012 - The issue of costs and rising student debt have touched off a national debate about the cost and value of a college education. See the results of our surveys on what the public thinks of investing in a college education.

  • Public Opinion Surveys: Still Representative?

    May 15, 2012 - A new study by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that polls conducted by telephone have struggled with lower response rates in recent years, but they continue to provide accurate data on most political, social and economic measures.

  • Half Say View of Obama Not Affected by Gay Marriage Decision

    May 14, 2012 - Roughly half of Americans (52%) say President Obama's public support for gay marriage did not affect their opinion of him. The president said he came to his decision after a long consideration. The public's view of gay marriage has evolved, with growing support.

  • Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage

    May 10, 2012 - President Obama announced his support for gay marriage this week after a long consideration saying his views were "evolving." The public's view of gay marriage has changed over the past several decades, with growing support. In 1996, Americans opposed gay marriage by 65% to 27%, but the public is more evenly divided today.

  • Divorce and the Great Recession

    May 02, 2012 - There’s been a recent surge of interest in the topic of whether and how the poor economy has an impact on divorce rates. As with marriage rates and the economic downturn, the evidence is not clear-cut. One complication is that the quality of data about divorce is uneven.

  • On Anniversary of bin Laden’s Death, Little Backing of al Qaeda

    Apr 30, 2012 - A year after the death of its leader, al Qaeda is widely unpopular among Muslim publics. Majorities in Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Turkey and Lebanon expressed negative views of the terrorist group.

  • Census Bureau Pushes Online Survey Response Option

    Apr 26, 2012 - The Census Bureau plans to take a big step into the world of digital data collection starting in January, offering more than 3 million households that receive the American Community Survey each year the option to respond online for the first time.

  • More Support for Gun Rights, Gay Marriage than in 2008 or 2004

    Apr 25, 2012 - Opinions about a pair of contentious social issues, gun control and gay marriage, have changed substantially since previous presidential campaigns. On gun control, Americans have become more conservative; on gay marriage, they have become more liberal.

  • A Gender Reversal on Career Aspirations

    Apr 19, 2012 - In a reversal of traditional gender roles, young women now surpass young men in the importance they place on having a high-paying career or profession. The past 15 years have also seen an increase in the share of middle-aged and older women who say being successful in a high-paying career or profession is important in their lives.

  • Women, Work and Motherhood

    Apr 13, 2012 - Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's comment this week about Ann Romney's lack of work experience has put the "mommy wars" back in the news. The Pew Research Center has done many surveys in recent years that provide background on public attitudes about issues related to women, work and motherhood.

  • Sample Surveys and the 1940 Census

    Apr 02, 2012 - After a 72-year wait required by law, the National Archives has released individual records from the 1940 Census, opening a gold mine for people researching their family histories. In addition to traditional methods, this census was the first to use a sample of randomly selected respondents in order to add more questions without burdening the entire population.

  • Views of Law Enforcement, Racial Progress and News Coverage of Race

    Mar 30, 2012 - The controversy over the killing of Trayvon Martin has highlighted a range of issues that include treatment of blacks by local police departments, the state of race relations in the U.S. and news coverage of African Americans. Surveys by the Pew Research Center in recent years found that African Americans have had markedly different perceptions than whites when it came to these subjects.

  • The Gender Gap: Three Decades Old, as Wide as Ever

    Mar 29, 2012 - While the advantage enjoyed by Democratic presidential candidates among women has a long history, Barack Obama's advantages over his GOP rivals in this year's campaign are striking. Women favor Obama over Mitt Romney by 20 points and over Rick Santorum by 26 points. When it comes to the parties, 51% of women identify with the Democrats compared to 42% of men.

  • Public Remains Split on Health Care Bill, Opposed to Mandate

    Mar 26, 2012 - As the Supreme Court hears arguments this week about the 2010 Affordable Care Act, surveys show that the public remains divided over the basic law. However, majorities continue to oppose the key element of the bill before the Court this week -- the requirement that all Americans buy health insurance or face a penalty.

  • As Gas Prices Pinch, Support for Oil and Gas Production Grows

    Mar 19, 2012 - As gas prices rise, the public's energy priorities are showing signs of change. More Americans continue to see development of alternative energy sources as a higher priority than increased production of oil, coal and natural gas, but the gap has narrowed since a year ago. Support for allowing more offshore oil drilling, which plummeted during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, are back at pre-spill levels.

  • The Boomerang Generation

    Mar 15, 2012 - Most young adults who are still living with their parents or who moved back home temporarily in recent years because of economic hard times do not see a stigma in staying with their families. More than three-quarters of them say they are satisfied with their living arrangements and upbeat about their financial futures. One reason for this upbeat view may be that living with parents has become such a widespread phenomenon.

  • Public Spreads Blame for Rising Gas Prices

    Mar 01, 2012 - While 18% of Americans say President Obama or his administration are most to blame for the surge in gasoline prices, about as many (14%) volunteer the oil companies or domestic oil producers. Roughly one-in-ten (11%) mostly blame Iran, the upheaval in the Middle East or the threat of war in the region.

  • Colleges Viewed Positively, But Conservatives Express Doubts

    Mar 01, 2012 - Most Americans generally think that colleges and universities have a positive impact on the country and a large majority of graduates say a higher education was worth the investment. However, conservative Republicans -- especially supporters of the Tea Party -- are more skeptical of whether colleges have a positive effect.

  • The Rise of Intermarriage

    Feb 16, 2012 - The share of new marriages between spouses of a different race or ethnicity increased to 15.1% in 2010, and the share of all current marriages that are either interracial or interethnic has reached an all-time high of 8.4%. While intermarried newlyweds share several characteristics, there are differences based on the race, ethnicity and gender partnerships of the couples. As intermarriage has become more common, public acceptance of it has grown.

  • Young, Underemployed and Optimistic

    Feb 09, 2012 - A plurality of Americans believes young adults are having the toughest time of any age group in today's economy, and even more of the public says young people are finding it harder to pay for college, find a job, buy a home or save for the future than it was for their parents' generation. In spite of the hardships young adults face, their long-term economic optimism remains unscarred.

  • Cable Leads the Pack as Campaign News Source

    Feb 07, 2012 - More than a third of Americans get their information about the presidential campaign from cable news, making it the one constant in the media environment over the past four elections. By contrast, the decline continues in the number of people getting campaign information from local and network TV news, and local newspapers. Despite the rise in social media,sites like Facebook and Twitter are used for by a relatively limited audience for campaign information.

  • Growing Public Support for Same-Sex Marriage

    Feb 07, 2012 - As courts and legislatures address the question of whether same-sex couples should be allowed to legally marry, surveys conducted in recent years have shown that public support for gay marriage continues to grow.

  • Real Time Charitable Giving

    Jan 12, 2012 - Many Americans made use of the text messaging feature on their mobile phones to make contributions to disaster recovery efforts in Haiti after it was struck by a devastating earthquake in January 2010. The first in-depth study of mobile donors explores who the donors were and what motivated them to contribute.

  • Rising Share of Americans See Conflict Between Rich and Poor

    Jan 11, 2012 - The Occupy Wall Street movement no longer occupies Wall Street, but the issue of class conflict has captured a growing share of the national consciousness. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that two-thirds of the public believes there are "very strong" or "strong" conflicts between the rich and the poor -- an increase of 19 percentage points since 2009.

  • Little Change in Public's Response to 'Capitalism,' 'Socialism'

    Dec 28, 2011 - A new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that perceptions of capitalism – and even of socialism – have changed little since early 2010, despite the recent Occupy Wall Street protests and public attention directed at what organizers see as the excesses of America’s free market system.

  • The Civic and Community Engagement of Religiously Active Americans

    Dec 23, 2011 - Religiously active Americans are more tied to many civic and other organizations than non-religious Americans. Many report that their use of technology helps them in their group activities.

  • Women in the U.S. Military: Growing Share, Distinctive Profile

    Dec 22, 2011 - The number of women serving on active duty in the military has risen dramatically since the all-volunteer force was established in 1973. A new Pew Research Center study profiles the women who serve and looks at some of the ways they differ from men in the service.

  • Texting, Social Networking Popular Worldwide

    Dec 20, 2011 - Two kinds of digital communication that are popular in the United States -- texting with cell phones and use of social networks -- are also popular in many places around the world. Text messaging has become a global phenomenon and use of social networks is popular, especially in wealthier nations that have higher rates of internet access.

  • Where People Get Information about Restaurants and Local Businesses

    Dec 14, 2011 - People looking for information about local restaurants and other businesses say they rely on the internet, especially search engines, ahead of any other source. Newspapers, both printed copies and the websites of newspaper companies, run second behind the internet as the source that people rely on for this information.

  • Iraq and Public Opinion: The Troops Come Home

    Dec 14, 2011 - As the remaining U.S. troops prepare to leave Iraq by the end of the year, the public is overwhelmingly supportive of the pullout. A roundup of Pew Research findings related to the war also examines public opinion on the U.S. intervention, the war's impact on the veterans who served there, and the downward trend in public awareness of the conflict over the years.

  • Barely Half of U.S. Adults Are Married – A Record Low

    Dec 14, 2011 - In 1960, 72% of all adults ages 18 and older were married; today just 51% are, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data. The median age at first marriage has never been higher for brides (26.5 years) and grooms (28.7), and the number of new marriages in the U.S. declined by 5% between 2009 and 2010.

  • The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life

    Dec 08, 2011 - While more than seven-in-ten veterans (72%) report they had an easy time readjusting to civilian life, 27% say re-entry was difficult for them—a proportion that swells to 44% among post-9/11 veterans, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey of 1,853 veterans.

  • Modest Rise in Number Saying There Is 'Solid Evidence' of Global Warming

    Dec 01, 2011 - There has been a modest increase over the past two years in the percentage of Americans who say there is solid evidence of global warming, although substantially fewer Americans now hold that view than did so from 2006 to 2008. A large partisan and ideological gap continues to exists in opinions about the evidence for global warming and how serious a problem it presents.

  • The Military-Civilian Gap: Fewer Family Connections

    Nov 23, 2011 - There is a large generation gap between older and younger Americans when it comes to having family members who served in the military. More than three-quarters of adults over 50 said they had an immediate family member who had served in the military. Less than six-in-ten adults ages 30 to 49 have an immediate family member who served and the percentage falls to one-third for adults under 29.

  • Cohabiting Couples and Their Money

    Nov 22, 2011 - The Census Bureau's new alternative measure of poverty assumes that cohabiting couples pool funds and share expenses just as married couples do instead of counting people who live together as separate individuals. The result: A lower share of cohabiting couples is considered poor under the alternative metric than under the official measure.

  • The American-Western European Values Gap

    Nov 17, 2011 - American values differ from those of Western Europeans in many important ways. Most notably, Americans are more individualistic and are less supportive of a strong safety net than are the publics of Spain, Britain, France and Germany. However, Americans are coming closer to Europeans in not seeing their culture as superior to that of other nations.

  • Partisan Divide Over Alternative Energy Widens

    Nov 10, 2011 - Public support for increased federal funding on research into alternative energy technology, including solar, has decreased substantially since the start of the Obama administration. Nearly all the decline comes from Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

  • The Rising Age Gap in Economic Well-Being

    Nov 07, 2011 - Households headed by older adults have made dramatic gains relative to those headed by younger adults in their economic well-being over the past quarter of a century, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of a wide array of government data.

  • In a Down Economy, Fewer Births

    Oct 12, 2011 - A sharp decline in fertility rates in the United States that started in 2008 is closely linked to the souring of the economy that began about the same time, according to a new analysis of multiple economic and demographic data sources by the Pew Research Center.

  • Fighting Poverty in a Bad Economy, Americans Move in with Relatives

    Oct 03, 2011 - According to a new Pew Research Center analysis of 2009 Census Bureau data, large numbers of Americans enacted their own anti-poverty program in the depths of the Great Recession: They moved in with relatives. Living in multi-generational households appears to be a financial lifeline for many, and although their adjusted incomes overall are lower, the poverty rate among people living in multi-generational households is substantially smaller than for those in other households—11.5% vs. 14.6%.

  • No Consensus About Whether Nation Is Divided Into 'Haves' and 'Have-Nots'

    Sep 29, 2011 - The public is divided on the question of whether the U.S. has become a society of economic 'haves' and 'have-nots," with 52% saying it is incorrect to think of the country this way while 45% say such a division exists.

  • Census Bureau: Flaws in Same-Sex Couple Data

    Sep 28, 2011 - The Census Bureau says that more than one-in-four same-sex couples counted in the 2010 Census was likely an opposite-sex couple, and identified a confusing questionnaire as the likely culprit. The bureau released a new set of "preferred" same-sex counts.

  • Adding Context to the Census Bureau’s Report on the Rise in Poverty Rate

    Sep 13, 2011 - The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that the nation's poverty rate grew to 15.1% in 2010, an increase for the third year in a row, and that median household income declined in 2010. Recent Pew Research Center reports describe the impact of the recession and shaky recovery on Americans.

  • More Now See GOP as Very Conservative

    Sep 12, 2011 - Though the shifts in perception since the summer of 2010 have been modest, an increasing number see the Republican Party as very conservative, while slightly fewer see the Democratic Party as very liberal.

  • From Hyperpower to Declining Power: Changing Perceptions of the U.S.

    Sep 07, 2011 - Early in the post-Sept. 11 era, the projection of American military strength led to fears of an unleashed, unchecked, hyperpower. However, the global financial crisis has turned the spotlight to America’s declining economic prowess and perceptions of a great power in decline.

  • Few See Job Proposals Having Much Effect

    Sep 07, 2011 - Nearly twice as many Americans cite the job situation over the federal budget deficit as the economic issue that worries them the most. But as President Obama readies a job package to propose to Congress, there is less clarity in the public’s views about ideas to address the job creation.

  • Muslim Americans: No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for Extremism

    Aug 30, 2011 - As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, a comprehensive public opinion survey finds no indication of increased alienation or anger among Muslim Americans in response to concerns about home-grown Islamic terrorists, controversies about the building of mosques, and other pressures that have been brought to bear on this high-profile minority group in recent years.

  • The Digital Revolution and Higher Education

    Aug 28, 2011 - As online college courses are becoming more prevalent, the public is skeptical about their educational value. According to a recent Pew Research survey, only 29% of Americans say online classes are equal in value to classes taken in person. College presidents have a more positive view of online learning, and they foresee dramatic growth in this area.

  • How Accurate Are Counts of Same-Sex Couples?

    Aug 25, 2011 - The counts and characteristics of same-sex couples are among the most written-about data from the 2010 Census and American Community Survey. Yet, two decades after the Census Bureau began offering people the option to describe themselves as a same-sex “unmarried partner,” producing accurate numbers remains a challenge.

  • Americans Want More Pressure on Students, the Chinese Want Less

    Aug 23, 2011 - With U.S. students underperforming on international tests, most Americans (64%) say that parents are not putting enough pressure on their children to do well in school, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project. By contrast, 68% of the Chinese say that parents in their country are putting too much pressure on their children to succeed academically.

  • Women See Value and Benefits of College; Men Lag on Both Fronts, Survey Finds

    Aug 17, 2011 - At a time when women surpass men by record numbers in college enrollment and completion, they also have a more positive view than men about the value higher education provides.

  • Views of Tea Party Supporters in Congress Grow More Negative

    Aug 09, 2011 - More Americans now think that members of Congress who support the Tea Party are having a negative effect than said that in January, at the start of the new Congress.

  • Public Not Pleased with Budget Negotiations

    Aug 01, 2011 - The latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that the budget negotiations of recent weeks are most frequently summed up in words such as ridiculous, disgusting, stupid, and frustrating. Nationwide, these critical views cross partisan and ideological lines, with 75% of Republicans, 72% of Democrats and 72% of independents all describing the negotiations in negative terms.

  • Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between Whites, Blacks, Hispanics

    Jul 26, 2011 - The median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of Hispanic households, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available government data from 2009. The bursting of the housing market bubble in 2006 and the recession that followed from late 2007 to mid-2009 took a far greater toll on the wealth of minorities than whites.

  • Two Years of Economic Recovery: Women Lose Jobs, Men Find Them

    Jul 06, 2011 - During the current recovery, men have gained 768,000 jobs while women have lost 218,000 jobs. This gender gap represents a sharp turnabout from the recession, when men lost more than twice as many jobs as women.

  • Are Republicans Ready Now for a Mormon President?

    Jul 05, 2011 - An important group within the Republican base, white evangelical Protestants, is more uncomfortable with the idea of a Mormon candidate than are other Republicans.

  • U.S. Seen as Among the Greatest Nations, But Not Superior to All Others

    Jun 30, 2011 - Despite broad dissatisfaction with national conditions, the public has a positive view of the nation's standing in the world. But more think the U.S. is one of the greatest countries than say it stands above all other countries

  • A Report on Living Together: The Economics of Cohabitation

    Jun 27, 2011 - The prevalence of unmarried couples living together has risen sharply since the mid-1990s. Yet while adults with lower education levels are twice as likely to cohabit as the college-educated, analysis suggests that the less-educated receive fewer economic benefits from cohabitation.

  • Pessimism About National Economy Rises, Personal Financial Views Hold Steady

    Jun 23, 2011 - Opinions about the state of the economy remain grim, and President Obama has lost his post-bin Laden bump in approval. Still, people's assessments of their personal financial situations have little changed.

  • Pew Analyzes Role of Fathers in Modern American Family

    Jun 15, 2011 - In the last 50 years, fathers have become much more involved in the day-to-day lives of the children they live with. During that same time period, though, the share of fathers living apart from their children has risen dramatically, to 27% in 2010.  

  • Most Say Political Sex Scandals Due to Greater Scrutiny, Not Lower Morality

    Jun 14, 2011 - Across party lines, a majority of Americans say elected officials get caught more often because they are watched more closely, not because they have lower moral standards than average citizens.

  • Opposition to Ryan Medicare Plan from Older, Attentive Americans

    Jun 06, 2011 - The public offers a mixed reaction to the proposal to change Medicare, but there is broad, and strong, opposition among older Americans and those who are paying a lot of attention to the issue.

  • Is College Worth It?

    May 15, 2011 - A majority of Americans say the higher education system in the United States fails to provide good value for the money students and their families spend, according to a new nationwide survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project.

  • Imputation: Adding People to the Census

    May 04, 2011 - When census-takers can’t reach anyone at a particular address or obtain information about occupants in other ways, they sometimes use a last-resort statistical technique called “imputation” to fill in missing data.

  • Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology

    May 04, 2011 - The Pew Research Center’s new Political Typology finds that the public is more doctrinaire at each end of the ideological spectrum, yet more diverse in the middle than it has been in the past.

  • Americans Remain Confident in Homeownership

    Apr 12, 2011 - Despite the five-year collapse of home prices, the American public remains confident in the investment value of homeownership. A new Pew Social & Demographic Trends survey finds that fully eight-in-ten adults agree that buying a home is the best long-term investment.

  • New Findings on Family Meals, Cohabitation and Divorce

    Apr 08, 2011 - Recent research challenges some popular and academic beliefs about the impact of family meals and divorce on children and the consequences of cohabitation for couples.

  • Civil War at 150: Still Relevant, Still Divisive

    Apr 08, 2011 - A century and a half after the firing on Fort Sumter, most Americans say the war between the North and South is still relevant to national politics and public life; the history of that era continues to elicit strong reactions.

  • A Century After Triangle, Unions Face Uncertain Future

    Mar 23, 2011 - March 25 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a disaster often credited with strengthening the nascent U.S. labor union movement. Public approval of unions has fluctuated since then but has recently hit post-1930 lows.

  • The Elusive 90% Solution

    Mar 11, 2011 - In a recent survey, fully 90% of the public said that they were hearing mostly bad news about gas prices. Reaching this threshold is a rare occurrence, as polls typically focus on current issues with considerable disagreement. But there are some things that 90% of Americans agree on.

  • For Millennials, Parenthood Trumps Marriage

    Mar 09, 2011 - Today's 18- to 29-year-olds value parenthood far more than marriage, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of attitudinal surveys.

  • Continuing Divide in Views of Islam and Violence

    Mar 09, 2011 - The public remains divided over whether Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence among its believers. Political gaps are wide, with most conservatives and Tea Party supporters linking Islam with violence.

  • Most See Role for Government in Reducing Childhood Obesity

    Mar 08, 2011 - While a 57%-majority says the government should work to curb obesity among children, few rate it a policy priority and there is strong opposition from conservatives.

  • Fewer Are Angry at Government, But Discontent Remains High

    Mar 03, 2011 - Americans' are less discontent with the federal government but no more ready for political compromise. Views of Congress remain heavily negative while Obama's ratings stay positive. On social issues, the public is, for the first time, evenly split on gay marriage, while support for legal abortion, legalized marijuana--but not gun control--have all risen.

  • In Showdown with Air Traffic Controllers, the Public Sided with Reagan

    Feb 22, 2011 - The bitter fight over union rights in Wisconsin calls to mind a labor battle that helped define the first year of Ronald Reagan's presidency.

  • Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

    Feb 22, 2011 -  Census data on race, ethnicity and population make it easy to look up information for any block in America. But those numbers may not be accurate--and deliberately so.

  • Labor Unions: Good for Workers, Not for U.S. Competitiveness

    Feb 17, 2011 - Favorability ratings for labor unions remain at nearly their lowest level in a quarter century with virtually no differences in views of private and public sector unions. But rating of business corporations is also near a historic low.

  • The Public Renders a Split Verdict on Changes in Family Structure

    Feb 16, 2011 - Findings from the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project show that the American public is sharply divided in its judgments about the sweeping changes in the structure of the American family that have unfolded over the past half century. About a third generally accepts the changes, a third is tolerant but skeptical and a third considers them bad for society.

  • Economy Dominates Public's Agenda, Dims Hopes for the Future

    Jan 20, 2011 - Americans overwhelmingly cite the economy and jobs as the most important issues facing the president and new Congress. On health care reform, roughly as many would like to see legislation expanded as have it repealed.

  • A Portrait of Stepfamilies

    Jan 18, 2011 - More than four-in-ten adults have at least one step relative. They are just as likely as others to say family is important, but they typically feel a stronger sense of obligation to biological family members than to step relatives.

  • Baby Boomers Approach 65 – Glumly

    Dec 20, 2010 - As the leading edge of the giant Baby Boomer generation turns 65 on January 1, 2011, a Pew Research roundup of new and recent surveys finds that this age group is more downbeat than others about the trajectory of their lives and the direction of the nation as a whole.

  • The Rise of College Student Borrowing

    Nov 23, 2010 - Undergraduate college student loans have risen dramatically in recent years. Graduates who received a bachelor's degree in 2008 borrowed 50% more than those who graduated in 1996.

  • The Decline of Marriage And Rise of New Families

    Nov 18, 2010 - Americans today are less likely to be married than at any time in the nation's history. Rates have declined for all groups, but have fallen most sharply among less-advantaged adults who are more likely than others to say that economic security is an important reason to marry. Still, family remains the most important and satisfying element in the lives of most Americans.

  • The Reversal of the College Marriage Gap

    Oct 07, 2010 - In a reversal of long-standing marital patterns, college-educated young adults are more likely than young adults lacking a bachelor’s degree to have married by the age of 30.

  • One Recession, Two Americas

    Sep 24, 2010 - The Great Recession, which economists announced this week ended more than a year ago, divided America into two groups that are roughly the same size but that experienced very different economic downturns, according to a new Pew Research analysis.

  • Since the Start of the Great Recession, More Children Raised by Grandparents

    Sep 09, 2010 - One child in ten in the United States lives with a grandparent, a share that increased slowly and steadily over the past decade before rising sharply from 2007 to 2008, the first year of the Great Recession, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

  • The Fading Glory of the Television and Telephone

    Aug 19, 2010 - The television set and the landline telephone are both losing their cachet in the digital age, as fewer Americans consider them necessities of life, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project.

  • How the Great Recession Has Changed Life in America

    Jul 23, 2010 - Of the 13 recessions that the American public has endured since the Great Depression of 1929-33, none has presented a more punishing combination of length, breadth and depth than this one, according to a report from the Pew Research Center .

  • Censuses Ignite Controversy in Canada and the U.K.

    Jul 22, 2010 - Canada's chief statistician resigns over the government's decision to drop the mandatory long form;  next year's traditional census may be the last in the U.K.

  • Lost Income, Lost Friends - and Loss of Self- respect

    Jul 22, 2010 -  Long-term unemployment takes a much deeper toll than short-term unemployment on a person’s finances, emotional well-being and career prospects, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that explores the attitudes and experiences of workers who have lost jobs during the Great Recession.

  • Gender Equality Universally Embraced, but Inequalities Acknowledged

    Jul 01, 2010 - This special in-depth look at views on gender equality, done in association with the International Herald Tribune, also suggests that, while egalitarian sentiments are pervasive, they are less than robust; when economically challenging times arise, many feel men should be given preferential treatment over women in the search for employment.

  • Proud Patriots -- and Harsh Critics of Government

    Jun 30, 2010 - Nearly all Americans consider themselves patriotic and voice pride in being American. Sizeable demographic and political differences do emerge, however, when it comes to intense expressions of patriotism. And many of those who voice strong patriotism and pride in the country also are highly critical of the federal government and its political leaders.

  • The Great Recession at 30 Months

    Jun 30, 2010 - More than half of all adults in the labor force say that since the Great Recession began 30 months ago, they have suffered a spell of unemployment, a reduction in pay or hours or have become involuntary part-time workers, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends Project.

  • Childlessness Up Among All Women; Down Among Women with Advanced Degrees

    Jun 25, 2010 - Nearly one-in-five American women ends her childbearing years without having borne a child, compared with one-in-ten in the 1970s. While childlessness has risen for all racial and ethnic groups, and most education levels, it has fallen over the past decade for women with advanced degrees.

  • Six Things to Know About Health Care Coverage

    Jun 23, 2010 - The drive for health care reform legislation proved to be the most passionate and polarizing policy fight of Barack Obama’s first year in office, with the public and Congress deeply divided over the initiative. And much of that battle played out through a changing media universe. A new PEJ study, examining 10 months of health care stories, identifies some of the key elements of that coverage.

  • Public Sees a Future Full of Promise and Peril

    Jun 22, 2010 - Imagine a future in which cancer becomes a memory, ordinary people travel in space, and computers carry on conversations like humans. Now imagine a darker future -- a world beset by war, rising temperatures and energy shortages, one where the United States faces a terrorist attack with nuclear weapons.  Find out how Americans view the possibilities of the future in a new report by the Pew Research Center.

  • Minorities and the Recession-Era College Enrollment Boom

    Jun 16, 2010 - The recession-era boom in the size of freshman classes at four-year colleges, community colleges and trade schools has been driven largely by a sharp increase in minority student enrollment, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the U.S. Department of Education.

  • The Typical Modern Mother: There Isn't One

    Jun 11, 2010 - Today's mothers of newborns are more likely than their counterparts two decades earlier to be ages 35 and older, to have some college education, to be unmarried or to be nonwhite -- but not all at once.

  • Marrying Out: One-in-Seven New U.S. Marriages is Interracial or Interethnic

    Jun 08, 2010 -  A record 14.6% of all new marriages in the United States in 2008 were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from each other, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.  

  • The New Demography of American Motherhood

    May 06, 2010 - Compared with mothers of newborns in 1990, today's new moms are older, better educated and less likely to be white, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. A record 41% of births were to unmarried women; but most continue to say this is bad for society.

  • United We Stand...on Technology

    May 05, 2010 - Americans are widely dissatisfied not only with government but with most major institutions. A recent survey finds one notable exception: tech firms.

  • U.S. Birth Rate Decline Linked to Recession

    Apr 06, 2010 - Birth rates in the United States began to decline in 2008 after rising to their highest level in two decades, and the decrease appears to be linked to the recession, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.

  • Broad Public Support For Legalizing Medical Marijuana

    Apr 01, 2010 - Nearly three-quarters of Americans—across all political and demographic groups—say they favor allowing sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes. Support for general legalization is lower but has continued to rise over the past two decades.

  • The Return of the Multi-Generational Family Household

    Mar 18, 2010 - The multi-generational American family household is staging a comeback — driven in part by the job losses and home foreclosures of recent years, but more so by demographic changes that have been gathering steam for decades, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data.

  • Olympics Bridge Gender Divide In Sports Interest

    Feb 01, 2010 - The upcoming Winter Olympics will be a rare sporting event in at least one respect: As many women as men say they are especially looking forward to the winter games. By contrast, more men than women are anticipating another major event on the upcoming sports calendar, next Sunday's Super Bowl.

  • Almost All Millennials Accept Interracial Dating and Marriage

    Feb 01, 2010 - Compared with older groups, particularly Americans ages 50 or older, younger Americans are significantly more likely to be accepting of interracial marriage and are more likely to have friends of a different race.

  • New Economics of Marriage: The Rise of Wives

    Jan 19, 2010 - A larger share of women today, compared with their 1970 counterparts, have more education and income than their spouses. As a result, in recent decades the economic gains associated with marriage have been greater for men than for women, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.

  • Millennials: They’re Younger – But Their Preferences Aren't That Different

    Jan 07, 2010 - Homosexuality and tattoos register large generational gaps, but about TV Reality shows, Millennials and even the oldest Americans agree, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center.

  • Current Decade Rates as Worst in 50 Years

    Dec 21, 2009 - For most Americans the "aughts" scored close to zero on the scale of recent decades. But innovations such as cell phones and the Internet earn high marks, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • Home for the Holidays...and Every Other Day

    Nov 24, 2009 - The journey home won't be quite so far this year for many young adults. Instead of traveling across country or across town, many grown sons and daughters will be coming to dinner from their old bedroom down the hall, which now doubles as their recession-era refuge. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center finds that 13% of parents with grown children say one of their adult sons or daughters has moved back home in the past year.

  • College Enrollment Hits All-Time High

    Oct 29, 2009 - The share of 18- to 24-year-olds attending college in the United States hit an all-time high in October 2008, driven by a recession-era surge in enrollments at community colleges, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • The States of Marriage and Divorce

    Oct 15, 2009 - Marriage, divorce and remarriage rates vary significantly among states as do average education and income levels. A Pew Research Center analysis of new Census data—including an interactive map—reveals some interesting patterns.

  • The Harried Life of the Working Mother

    Oct 01, 2009 - Women now make up almost half of the U.S. labor force, up from 38% in 1970. The public approves of this trend, but the change has come with a cost for many women – particularly working mothers of young children, who feel the tug of family responsibility much more acutely than do working fathers, according to a nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends Project.

  • Black-White Conflict Isn’t Society's Largest

    Sep 24, 2009 - Most see differences between immigrants and the native born and between rich and poor as stronger sources of social conflict than divisions between blacks and whites.

  • Take this Job and Love It: Job Satisfaction Highest Among the Self-Employed

    Sep 17, 2009 - The self-employed are far more likely to like their jobs and work because they want to. But if you strike out on your own, don't count on financial security.

  • Recession Turns a Graying Office Grayer

    Sep 03, 2009 - A new survey by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project finds that older adults are staying in the labor force longer, and younger adults are staying out of it longer. This trend intensified with the recession, but it should continue after the economy recovers. One reason, older workers value not just a paycheck, but the psychic and social rewards.

  • Forty Years After Woodstock, A Gentler Generation Gap

    Aug 12, 2009 - They have different values, beliefs and lifestyles, but young and old today are disagreeing without being disagreeable. They also share a fondness for Woodstock-era rock and roll, according to a nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project.

  • Go West, Old Man: Where Older Adults Feel Young at Heart

    Aug 07, 2009 - America's West has the highest concentration of older adults who don't think of themselves as old. Older Westerners also feel healthier and get more exercise than other older folks, according to a Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends survey.

  • Nap Time

    Jul 29, 2009 - Feeling drowsy? You're not alone. On a typical day, a third of the adults in the United States take a nap. Napping thrives among all demographic groups, but it's more widespread among some than others, according to a Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends survey.

  • Growing Old in America: Expectations vs. Reality

    Jun 29, 2009 - Getting old isn't nearly as bad as people think it will be. Nor is it quite as good. On aspects of everyday life ranging from mental acuity to financial security, a new Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends survey finds a sizable gap between expectations that young and middle-aged adults have about old age and actual experiences reported by older adults themselves.

  • Public More Optimistic About the Economy, But Still Reluctant to Spend

    Jun 19, 2009 - Americans are increasingly upbeat about the economy and their own finances but that hasn't prompted them to open their wallets, according to the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • Most Middle-Aged Adults Are Rethinking Retirement Plans

    May 28, 2009 - In the midst of a recession that has taken a heavy toll on many nest eggs, just over half of all working adults ages 50 to 64 say they may delay their retirement—and another 16% say they never expect to stop working.

  • Independents Take Center Stage in the Obama Era

    May 21, 2009 - Centrism has emerged as a dominant factor in public opinion as the Obama administration begins. Republicans and Democrats are even more divided than in the past, while an increasing number of Americans identify as independents. The Pew Research Center's long-term values study tracks beliefs and attitudes—on government, business, race, religion and more—shaping public opinion and influencing voting behavior.

  • Not Your Grandfather's Recession—Literally

    May 14, 2009 - The ongoing recession has had different impacts on different age groups. Adults 65 and older have escaped its full fury. Adults in late middle age (50 to 64) have seen their nest eggs shrink the most and their anxieties about retirement swell the most. Younger adults (ages 18-49) have taken the worst lumps in the job market but remain relatively upbeat about their financial future, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project.

  • Through Boom and Bust: Minorities, Immigrants and Homeownership

    May 12, 2009 - The ups and downs in the U.S. housing market over the past decade and a half have generated both greater gains and larger losses for minority groups than for whites, according to an analysis of housing, economic and demographic data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

  • Luxury or Necessity? The Public Makes a U-Turn

    Apr 23, 2009 - From the kitchen to the laundry room to the home entertainment center, Americans are paring down the list of familiar household appliances they say they can't live without, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project.

  • Smokers Can't Blow Off Stress

    Apr 08, 2009 - Many smokers say they light up to relieve stress. But it doesn't seem to work. A new survey by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project finds smokers are more likely than former smokers or non-smokers to say they often experience stress in their daily lives.

  • The Phantom Recovery

    Mar 26, 2009 - A new Pew Research Center report finds that for the typical American household, the Great Recession that began more than a year ago came on the heels of a less dramatic but equally unusual economic phenomenon: a Phantom Recovery.

  • Public Has Split Verdict on Increased Level of Unmarried Motherhood

    Mar 19, 2009 - A new report shows out-of-wedlock births rose to record levels in 2007. A Pew Research survey that year found wide concern about the social costs, but only a minority saw such births as morally wrong.

  • Reluctant Suffragettes: When Women Questioned Their Right to Vote

    Mar 18, 2009 - The Pew Research Center examines an 86-year-old poll that sheds light on why female Americans were slow to appreciate the hard-fought battle for access to the ballot box.

  • Most Like It Hot

    Mar 18, 2009 - Given a choice, most Americans would opt for a sun-kissed climate. But even hot-weather lovers don't necessarily prefer warm-weather cities, according to a survey by the Pew Reseach Center's Social & Demographic Trends project.

  • Magnet or Sticky? A State-by-State Typology

    Mar 11, 2009 - Analysis from the Pew Research Center shows that states may seem to fall into one or another category, either attracting or keeping people. And most states do score high on one scale and low on another. But 10 rank high on both scales, and another nine score low on both. Find out where your state lands.

  • Suburbs Not Most Popular, But Suburbanites Most Content

    Feb 26, 2009 - Suburbanites are significantly more satisfied with their communities than are residents of cities, small towns or rural areas, according a Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends survey that explores what Americans like - and don't like - about the places where they live. Overall, 42% of suburban residents give their community high marks, compared with just 34% of city residents, 29% of rural residents and 25% of small town residents.

  • One-In-Five Homeowners Feel “Underwater” On Mortgages

    Feb 19, 2009 - The young, the less affluent and members of minority groups are more likely to say their homes are worth less than what they owe on their mortgages, according to the latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • No Place Like Home -- Even if the Value Is in the Tank

    Feb 19, 2009 - Not even a housing-led recession can shake Americans' faith in the blessings of homeownership.

  • McDonald's and Starbucks: 43% Yin, 35% Yang

    Feb 10, 2009 - McDonald's and Starbucks are the yin and yang of franchise food and drink. While both are iconic American brands, each appeals to different lifestyles, budgets and, yes, even political ideologies. How different? A Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends survey on where Americans would like to live included the following question: "Just for fun: Would you prefer to live in a place with more McDonald's or more Starbucks?" The Golden Arches won the head-to-head contest by 43%-35%.  

  • For Nearly Half of America, Grass Is Greener Somewhere Else

    Jan 29, 2009 - A new survey by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project finds that nearly half of the public would rather live in a different type of community from the one they're living in now. However, more than eight-in-ten rate their current communities as good to excellent. When asked about specific metropolitan areas where they would like to live, respondents rank Denver, San Diego and Seattle at the top of a list of 30 large cities.

  • Who Moves? Who Stays Put? Where’s Home?

    Dec 18, 2008 - Americans are settling down: Only 13% of the U.S. population changed residences between 2006 and 2007, the lowest share since the 1940s. A new national survey by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project and an analysis of Census data explore geographic mobility in the United States.

  • Do Americans Really Like Diverse Communities?

    Dec 02, 2008 - About six-in-ten Americans say they like the idea of living in politically, racially, religiously or economically mixed communities, while about a quarter take the opposite view: they would rather live in communities made up mostly of people like themselves, according to a new Pew Research Center national survey.

  • Republicans: Still Happy Campers

    Oct 23, 2008 - Despite the imploding stock market, the looming recession, the unpopular president and discouraging political polls, a new Social Trends survey finds GOP adherents still beat Democrats on the happiness scale.

  • Middle Class, By the Numbers

    Oct 06, 2008 - The plight of Middle Americans has been much invoked by candidates from both parties this election year. Who are these folk? Here's a self-portrait painted in statistics.

  • Women Call the Shots at Home; Public Mixed on Gender Roles in Jobs

    Sep 25, 2008 - They say it's a man's world, but in the typical American family, it's the woman who wears the pantsuit. Still, Americans retain strong traditional gender preferences with respect to some job roles. To find out where you fit, take the Pew Research Center's Couples Quiz, then read the report on the findings of the national survey.

  • Revisiting the Mommy Wars After Palin: Politics, Gender and Parenthood

    Sep 15, 2008 - A Pew survey, like others before it, found Republicans far more troubled than Democrats by the long term trend toward mothers of young children working outside the home. But these surveys were conducted before Sarah Palin entered the political scene. The especially enthusiatic initial reponse to her vice presidential candidacy contrasts sharply with these findings.

  • Men or Women: Who’s the Better Leader?

    Aug 25, 2008 - Americans believe women have the right stuff to be political leaders. When it comes to honesty, intelligence and other traits they value highly in leaders, the public rates women superior to men. But only 6% say women make better political leaders than men. A Pew Research Center survey explores this paradox.

  • America's Four Middle Classes

    Jul 29, 2008 - There isn't one American middle class; there are four. Each is different from the others in its attitudes, outlook and financial circumstance—sometimes in ways that defy traditional stereotypes of the middle class, according to an analysis of a recent national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center Social and Demographic Trends Project.

  • Baby Boomers: The Gloomiest Generation

    Jun 25, 2008 - America's baby boomers are in a collective funk. Members of the large generation born from 1946 to 1964 are more downbeat about their lives than are adults who are younger or older, according to a new Pew Research Center Social and Demographic Trends survey.

  • In the Public Eye: Who's Up (Al Gore) And Who's Down (Oprah Winfrey)

    May 14, 2008 - Since endorsing Obama, the talk show host's popularity has fallen among Republicans while the former vice president now rivals Obama and tops Clinton in favorability.

  • Feeling Guilty: Americans Say They Aren't Saving Enough

    May 14, 2008 - A new survey by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project finds that most Americans at every income level and in every demographic group worry they aren't putting enough aside for the future -- but they're apparently not worried enough to do much about it.

  • Inside the Middle Class: Bad Times Hit the Good Life

    Apr 09, 2008 - This report on the attitudes and lives of the American middle class combines results of a new Pew Research Center national public opinion survey with the center's analysis of relevant economic and demographic trend data from the Census Bureau.

  • U.S. Population Projections: 2005–2050

    Feb 11, 2008 - If current trends continue, immigrants arriving from 2005 to 2050 and their descendants will account for 82% of the population growth in the United States during this period, according to new projections from the Pew Research Center.  The nation’s racial and ethnic mix will change markedly by mid-century, the projections show, and the nation’s elderly population will more than double in size.

  • Do Blacks and Hispanics Get Along?

    Jan 31, 2008 - In general the nation's two largest minorities think well of each other, but there are some important differences, this Pew Research Center survey finds.

  • Race, Ethnicity and Campaign ’08

    Jan 17, 2008 - Race, ethnicity and politics can sometimes make for a volatile mix, but a poll finds that race relations in this country are on a pretty even keel.

  • What Was -- and Wasn’t -- On the Public’s Mind in 2007

    Dec 19, 2007 - The Pew Research Center released a compilation of the top 15 stories in which public opinion played a significant role, and the year's most notable "non-barking dogs."

  • Technology Trends: Mean Teens Online

    Jul 12, 2007 - According to a Pew Internet and American Life Project study, about one third (32%) of all teenagers who use the internet say they have been targets of a range of annoying and potentially menacing online activities.

  • As Marriage and Parenthood Drift Apart, Poll Shows Public Is Concerned about Social Impact

    Jul 01, 2007 - A Pew Research Center poll shows Americans are concerned about the state of parenthood and marriage.

  • Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream

    May 01, 2007 - The first-ever, nationwide, random sample survey of Muslim Americans found them to be largely assimilated, happy with their lives, and moderate.

  • Social Trends: Americans and Social Trust--Who, Where and Why

    Feb 22, 2007 - A Pew Social Trends survey examines whom people trust.

  • In Good Company (Fall 2004 Trust Magazine article)

    Oct 01, 2004 -  A new subsidiary — the Pew Research Center — is one change following Pew's governing transformation. The components of this organization, however, are well known.

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