Welcome to the Global Middle-Class Surge
By Alan Murray, President, Pew Research Center This op-ed was published in The Wall Street Journal on July 18, 2013. The mass uprisings this summer in Egypt, Turkey and Brazil are powerful reminders that the middle classes drive history. What remains unclear, however, is where they are driving it. The world today is witnessing its third great […]
American International Engagement on the Rocks
Getting the American public’s attention, let alone commitment to deal with international issues is as challenging as it has ever been in the modern era.
5 Facts About Tumblr
By Drew DeSilver Yahoo! today confirmed that it’s buying 6-year-old blogging service Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash. Who uses Tumblr? We consulted the recent report on social-media demographics from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project to find out: Only 6% of Internet users surveyed in late 2012 reported using Tumblr, versus two-thirds for […]
As Supreme Court Weighs Voting Rights Act Changes, No Racial Gap in Voting Problems
By Andrew Kohut In the next several weeks the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the requirement that several states, mostly in the South, get “pre-clearance” from the Justice Department before they make any changes to their election laws. The requirement was part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which […]
Despite Public Fears, European Inflation Remains Tame
Although a Pew Research Center survey found concern in European Union countries about rising prices, the European statistical agency said the EU’s annual inflation rate in April was 1.4%, down from a rate of 2.7% in April 2012.
Turkey’s Leader Urges More Aid for Syrian Rebels, but Most Turks Say No
As Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with President Obama today, his calls for more Western aid to Syrian rebels put him at odds with Turkish public opinion.
The Most Popular Areas of Government are Shedding the Most Workers
By Drew DeSilver Popularity is no protection against budget cuts: The parts of government that Americans like the most — state, cities and counties, and the U.S. Postal Service — are also the ones shedding workers the fastest. The most recent nonfarm payroll figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the public sector continues to be […]
Skepticism About the Census Voter Turnout Finding
The Census Bureau made big news last week when it reported that the black voter turnout rate (66.2%) exceeded the white voter turnout rate (64.1%) for the first time ever in 2012. But a closer look at the numbers raises some intriguing questions.
France and Germany: A Tale of Two Countries Drifting Apart
A political, economic and demographic divide has opened up between France and Germany.
Threat to the EU: German Exceptionalism Poses a Challenge
The euro crisis has exposed a range of intra-European problems long hidden from the harsh light of day. Not the least of these is German exceptionalism.