Pew Research CenterJanuary 12, 2018

The gap between the number of blacks and whites in prison is shrinking

Blacks have long outnumbered whites in U.S. prisons. But a significant decline in the number of black prisoners in recent years has steadily narrowed that gap to the point where it is half as wide as it was in 2009, when America’s prison population peaked, according to new data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Pew Research CenterDecember 28, 2017

10 things we learned about gender issues in the U.S. in 2017

Allegations about sexual misconduct by prominent men in politics, entertainment, media and other industries have reverberated across the United States in recent months, drawing attention to issues of gender equality in the workplace and in broader American society.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 19, 2017

Far more Americans say there are strong conflicts between partisans than between other groups in society

Americans are far more likely to say there are strong conflicts between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. today than to say the same for other groups.

Internet & TechNovember 29, 2017

Many Americans, especially blacks and Hispanics, are hungry for help as they sort through information

Many U.S. adults say they would benefit a lot from having at least one of seven different kinds of help in accessing information to help with decision-making.

GlobalOctober 30, 2017

How countries around the world view democracy, military rule and other political systems

Many around the world say representative democracy is a good way to run their country. Compare global views of political systems and read six key findings.

Pew Research CenterOctober 26, 2017

Nearly half of Americans have a family member or close friend who’s been addicted to drugs

It’s common for Americans to know someone with a current or past drug addiction – and it’s an experience that mostly cuts across demographic and partisan lines.

October 12, 2017

Supporters of stricter gun laws are less likely to contact elected officials

About one-in-five U.S. gun owners say they have ever contacted a public official to express their opinion on gun policy, compared with 12% of non-gun owners.

Internet & TechOctober 9, 2017

Most Americans would favor policies to limit job and wage losses caused by automation

Americans are apprehensive about a future in which machines take on more of the work currently done by humans, and most are supportive of policies aimed at cushioning the economic impact of widespread automation, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

HispanicSeptember 29, 2017

Hispanic dropout rate hits new low, college enrollment at new high

The high school dropout rate among U.S. Hispanics has fallen to a new low, a decline that comes alongside a long-term increase in Hispanic college enrollment.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 11, 2017

About a fifth of Americans cite 9/11 response as event that made them most proud of U.S.

The Sept. 11 attacks united Americans in a way that few other historical events have.