Fact Tank Dec. 31, 2014

What will digital life look like in 2025? Highlights from our reports

The wealth of material from this non-scientific, opt-in canvassing of experts resulted in seven reports about what trends might emerge in online life between now and 2025. Here are some key takeaways.

Fact Tank Dec. 31, 2014

Post-election blues? Democrats’ expectations for 2015 take a dive

Fewer Americans have high hopes for 2015 than they did for 2014, a change largely driven by greater pessimism among Democrats.

Fact Tank Dec. 30, 2014

U.S. border apprehensions of Mexicans fall to historic lows

For the first time on record, more non-Mexicans than Mexicans were apprehended at U.S. borders in 2014 by the Customs and Border Patrol.

Fact Tank Dec. 30, 2014

Who’s having a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ day around the world

Pew Research’s annual Global Attitudes surveys starts by asking respondents how they would describe their day. A median of nearly two-thirds (65%) across 44 countries surveyed in spring 2014 responded that they were having a typical day.

Fact Tank Dec. 29, 2014

Our favorite Pew Research Center data visualizations from 2014

The Pew Research Center design staff picks the data visualizations we created in 2014 that they considered the most challenging and explains the approach to presenting our data.

Fact Tank Dec. 29, 2014

In late spurt of activity, Congress avoids ‘least productive’ title

An unusually active lame duck session enabled the 113th Congress to avoid its predecessor’s record for legislative unproductivity.

Fact Tank Dec. 23, 2014

As Cuban American demographics change, so do views of Cuba

President Obama’s change in policy towards Cuba comes as the Cuban American population itself is changing—in its demographics, views of U.S.-Cuba policy, and its politics.

Fact Tank Dec. 23, 2014

Market is still hot for buying up local TV stations

The rush to acquire local TV stations by media companies’ continued in 2014 and resulted in strong financial pay offs for them.

Dec. 22, 2014

Less than half of U.S. kids today live in a ‘traditional’ family

Less than half (46%) of U.S. kids younger than 18 years of age are living in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage, a marked changed from 1960.

Fact Tank Dec. 22, 2014

14 striking findings from 2014

In 2014, Pew Research Center published more than 150 reports and some 600 blog posts. Here are 14 facts we found particularly striking, as they illustrate some major shifts in our politics, society, habits or families.