Mar 7, 2014

Live blog: Generations in the Next America

The Pew Research Center is hosting a conference to discuss how generational differences are influencing American families, society, politics and policy.

Mar 5, 2014

Public’s anti-incumbent mood hasn’t always predicted big electoral swings

Despite surveys showing anti-incumbent sentiments at or near all-time highs, most members of Congress appear to have little to worry about.

Feb 28, 2014

Chart of the Week: The decline of Yiddish, the rise of Tagalog

Spanish continues to be the most commonly spoken non-English language in the U.S., but other languages have risen and fallen in popularity — sometimes dramatically — over the past three decades.

Feb 25, 2014

House set to lose six centuries of experience as Dingell, other long-serving members retire

The spate of congressional retirement announcements may seem like a lot but is within historical norms. But the retirement of several long-serving members likely will further reduce overall experience levels in both the House and Senate,

Feb 21, 2014

Chart of the Week: How metro areas drive the U.S. economy

A handful of metropolitan areas generate the bulk of U.S. economic activity.

Feb 20, 2014

Q/A: How Pew Research mapped the conversations on Twitter

A conversation with Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Internet Project, about the project’s new report on mapping Twitter conversations.

Feb 20, 2014

American unions membership declines as public support fluctuates

Though unions retain much public support, the share of American workers who actually belong to one has been falling for decades and is at its lowest level since the Great Depression

Feb 18, 2014

Minimum wage hasn’t been enough to lift most out of poverty for decades

The current federal minimum wage falls below the poverty threshold for most households. A new CBO report says raising the minimum will increase income for millions of low-wage workers but cost thousands their jobs.

Feb 14, 2014

5 facts about love and marriage

Love remains Americans’ top reason to marry. (Phew.) In a Pew Research Center survey conducted last year, 88% of Americans cited love as a “very important” reason to get married, ahead of making a lifelong commitment (81%) and companionship (76%). Contrary to generations of grandmothers’ advice that “It’s just as easy to love a rich […]

Feb 14, 2014

Chart of the Week: A long history of cable consolidation

The proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger comes after decades of cable-industry consolidation.