Four signs of the improving U.S. jobs situation
The unemployment rate may get most of the attention, but why people are unemployed, and how long they’ve been out of work, can be just as telling about the state of the economy.
Widespread concerns about extremism in Muslim nations, and little support for it
The horrific murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh has generated shock and outrage around the globe. And if recent history is a guide, this brutal act will only deepen opposition to ISIS, and to violent extremism more generally, in Jordan and other predominantly Muslim nations.
5 key takeaways about how investigative reporters view their digital security
As journalism becomes an increasingly digital practice, the data and communications of investigative journalists have become vulnerable to hackers, government surveillance and legal threats. But what are these vulnerabilities – and what steps have investigative journalists taken to protect themselves?
America’s ‘middle’ holds its ground after the Great Recession
The share of Americans who live in middle-income households has held steady since 2010 – a flat trend that might actually be good news.
50 years later, Americans give thumbs-up to immigration law that changed the nation
As Washington once again engages in a heated political battle over immigration policy, it’s worth reminding ourselves just how much the country and its politics have changed since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act — a law that dramatically changed the makeup of the nation.
NASA popularity still sky-high
NASA continues to be very popular among the public, with four times as many Americans holding a favorable view of the space agency as unfavorable (68% vs. 17%).
Social media preferences vary by race and ethnicity
Latinos, blacks and whites use social media networks about equally, but there are some differences in their preferences for specific social media sites.
Young adults more likely to say vaccinating kids should be a parental choice
A majority of Americans think children should be required to get vaccinated. Young adults more likely to say vaccinating kids should be a parental choice.
U.S. students improving – slowly – in math and science, but still lagging internationally
Scientists and the general public agree that K-12 STEM education in the U.S. leaves much to be desired, and test results appear to back them up.
Why Pew Research Center is going deeper on science
While we have explored science-related issues in the past, our new science publication marks a more formal commitment to studying the intersection of science with all aspects of society – from public opinion, to politics and policymaking, to religious and ethical considerations, to education and the economy.