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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.

Recent Work

December 2, 2022 For today’s young workers in the U.S., job tenure is similar to that of young workers in the past

The share of young employees who have been with their employer three years or more has remained relatively steady over time.

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November 16, 2022 Connection, Creativity and Drama: Teen Life on Social Media in 2022

Majorities of teens credit social media with strengthening their friendships and providing support while also noting the emotionally charged side of these platforms.

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August 31, 2022 Global population skews male, but UN projects parity between sexes by 2050

The number of males has exceeded the number of females since the mid-1960s. But by 2050, the worldwide sex ratio is expected to even out.

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August 24, 2022 Americans more likely to say it’s a bad thing than a good thing that more young adults live with their parents

36% of Americans say that more young adults living with their parents is bad for society, while 16% say it is good for society.

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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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