Why America’s ‘nones’ don’t identify with a religion
Six-in-ten religious “nones” in the U.S. say the questioning of religious teachings is a very important reason for their lack of affiliation. The second-most-common reason is opposition to the positions taken by churches on social and political issues.
For most U.S. workers, real wages have barely budged in decades
Despite some ups and downs over the past several decades, today’s real average wage in the U.S. has about the same purchasing power it did 40 years ago. And most of what wage gains there have been have flowed to the highest-paid tier of workers.
Most European students are learning a foreign language in school while Americans lag
A median of 92% of European students are learning a language in school. Far fewer K-12 students in the U.S. participate in foreign language education.
What are nonprobability surveys?
Many online surveys are conducted using “nonprobability” or “opt-in” samples, which are generally easier and cheaper to conduct. In our latest Methods 101 video, we explore some of the features of nonprobability surveys and how they differ from traditional probability-based polls.
When writing about survey data, 51% might not mean a ‘majority’
For many people, “majority” is a word so common that they rarely have to think twice about what it means. But it’s a different matter for polling organizations like Pew Research Center. At the Center, writers cannot label a survey finding a “majority” unless it meets specific criteria.
5 facts about the death penalty
Pope Francis has changed the Catholic Church’s teaching to fully oppose the death penalty. Read key facts about the death penalty in the U.S. and abroad.
Even before recent revelations, U.S. Catholics gave Pope Francis declining ratings on sex abuse scandal
In January, 45% of U.S. Catholics said Pope Francis is doing an excellent or good job addressing the sex abuse crisis, down from 55% in 2015.
Trump’s approval ratings so far are unusually stable – and deeply partisan
Trump’s approval ratings have hardly moved this year; such steady ratings are unique among recent presidents. His ratings are the most polarized by party.
Younger adults, independents more critical of their district’s past congressional candidate fields
Younger Americans are less likely than their elders and partisans are more likely than independents to have positive views of past congressional candidate pools in their districts.
Americans are far more religious than adults in other wealthy nations
Americans pray more often, are more likely to attend weekly religious services and ascribe higher importance to faith in their lives than adults in other wealthy, Western democracies, such as Canada, Australia and most European states, according to a recent Pew Research Center study.