Pew Research Center May. 15, 2013

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 […]

Pew Research Center May. 15, 2013

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.

Global May. 14, 2013

France and Germany: A Tale of Two Countries Drifting Apart

A political, economic and demographic divide has opened up between France and Germany.

Global May. 14, 2013

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.

Global May. 14, 2013

Europeans Grow Dissatisfied with the Inequities of the Economic System

In what is now the fifth year in the wake of the Great Recession, Europeans believe that inequality is now a major problem in their societies and think that things will only get worse.

Global May. 13, 2013

A European Malaise

Positive views of the EU are at or near their low point in most EU nations, even among the young. And fewer Europeans now say economic integration has strengthened their nation’s economy than did a year ago.

U.S. Politics May. 13, 2013

Public Interest in Benghazi Investigation Remains Limited

Fewer than half of Americans say they are following the Benghazi hearings very or fairly closely, virtually unchanged from late January when Hillary Clinton testified.

Pew Research Center May. 13, 2013

In Time for Graduation Season, a Look at Student Debt

By Drew DeSilver College is a pretty pricey proposition, even after grants and scholarships are factored in. And the millions of students graduating this spring will soon learn just how expensive their degrees were when they start getting student-loan bills. As a Pew Research Center analysis noted last year, nearly one in five U.S. households […]

Pew Research Center May. 10, 2013

5 Fast Facts About Moms

By Drew DeSilver 52.9% of women aged 15-44, or about 32.5 million, were mothers in 2010, according to the Census Bureau. The U.S. birth rate dipped in 2011 to the lowest ever recorded, led by a plunge in births to immigrant women since the onset of the Great Recession. Today’s mothers have more education than […]

May. 10, 2013

Record Share of New Mothers Are College Educated

Women with infant children in the U.S. are more educated than ever, reflecting a decades-long rise in the educational levels of all women and a steep decline in births among less-educated women.