Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
A Diminished Public Appetite for Military Force and Mideast Oil
Americans’ views of the impact of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have changed little since 2001, but most no longer see an expanded U.S. military overseas as helpful.
Support for a Female Heir in Japan
With the news today that Japan’s 39-year-old Princess Kiko has given birth to a male heir, Japan’s succession crisis has passed. But a recent Pew Global Attitudes survey found that a large majority of the Japanese public favored changing the law so that a female could rule.
How Often Do Members of Congress Tell the Truth?
Not often, two political scientists found. Plus, economists say they know why tall people earn more.
Women Can’t Do Math…Or Can They?
A pair of psychologists devised an experiment to see if they could improve women’s test scores in math by triggering positive self-images.
Democrats Face Ideological Split Over Wal-Mart
Leading Democrats have attacked the employment practices of Wal-Mart, but the party’s rank-and-file is divided about the company. Liberals are negative, while conservatives and moderates have a positive view.
American Work Life is Worsening, But Most Workers Still Content
Americans are generally satisfied with their own jobs but believe that wages, benefits, job security and employer loyalty have deteriorated over the past generation for most workers, a new survey finds.
Cubans in the United States
A minority within a minority, Cuban-Americans are older, better educated and have a higher level of income than other Hispanics in this country. They also lean more toward the Republican Party.
Parental Pressure on Students: Not Enough in America; Too Much in Asia
Americans think parents here are too lax; Asians think parents there are too tough.
Katie Couric: Perky and Cute, But Smart, Informed and Liberal, Too
The public has lots of kind words for Katie, Brian and Charles, but just one of the three new network anchors has cornered the market on “perky” and “liberal.” Guess who?
Many Americans Uneasy with Mix of Religion and Politics
Many Americans are uneasy with the mix of religion and public life. Some 69% say liberals have gone too far to keep religion out of schools, but 49% say conservatives are too eager to project their religious values into the public sphere.