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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.

Science Matters: Winter 2021
Science Matters: Winter 2021
Trend Magazine

Winter 2021

In this issue of Trend we step back to explore public attitudes about science and how science can inform policy.

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Trend Magazine

In this issue of Trend we step back to explore public attitudes about science and how science can inform policy.

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August 11, 2022 Large shares in many countries are pessimistic about the next generation’s financial future

A median of 70% of adults across 19 countries say children in their country will be worse off than their parents financially when they grow up.

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July 20, 2022 Young adults in U.S. are much more likely than 50 years ago to be living in a multigenerational household

A quarter of U.S. adults ages 25 to 34 resided in a multigenerational family household in 2021, up from 9% in 1971.

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June 21, 2022 After dropping in 2020, teen summer employment may be poised to continue its slow comeback

Last summer, businesses trying to come back from the COVID-19 pandemic hired nearly a million more teens than in the summer of 2020.

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June 15, 2022 U.S. teens are more likely than adults to support the Black Lives Matter movement

Seven-in-ten U.S. teens say they support the Black Lives Matter movement. By comparison, 56% of U.S. adults said this in a separate survey.

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June 7, 2022 About 5% of young adults in the U.S. say their gender is different from their sex assigned at birth

1.6% of U.S. adults are transgender or nonbinary. Also, a rising share of Americans say they know someone who is transgender.

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April 25, 2022 In CDC survey, 37% of U.S. high school students report regular mental health struggles during COVID-19

Students who are gay, lesbian or bisexual, as well as girls, were especially likely to say their mental health has suffered in the past year.

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April 8, 2022 More than half of Americans in their 40s are ‘sandwiched’ between an aging parent and their own children

As people are living longer and many young adults struggle to gain financial independence, 23% of U.S. adults are in the “sandwich generation.”

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March 28, 2022 Young women are out-earning young men in several U.S. cities

The gender wage gap is narrower among younger workers nationally, and the gap varies across geographical areas.

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