U.S. PoliticsApril 13, 2016

High-income Americans pay most income taxes, but enough to be ‘fair’?

By design, wealthier Americans pay most of the nation’s total individual income taxes.

April 13, 2016

Americans divided on how much they trust their neighbors

Just half of Americans (52%) say they trust all or most of their neighbors, while a similar share (48%) say they trust some or none of their neighbors. Neighborly trust also varies between demographic groups.

ReligionApril 12, 2016

How highly religious Americans’ lives are different from others

Plenty of attention has been paid to the political disagreements between highly religious and less religious Americans, including on social issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion. But there has been less talk about how these groups differ – when they do – in how they live their everyday lives. Pew Research Center set out […]

U.S. PoliticsApril 11, 2016

Among developed nations, Americans’ tax bills are below average

Data from the OECD indicate that the U.S. has some of the lowest income taxes and social-insurance taxes among developed nations.

April 8, 2016

From multiracial children to gender identity, what some demographers are studying now

The nation’s largest annual demography conference, the Population Association of America meeting, featured new research on topics including couples who live in separate homes, children of multiracial couples, transgender Americans, immigration law enforcement and how climate change affects migration.

ReligionApril 8, 2016

Pope’s proclamation, like views of U.S. Catholics, indicates openness to nontraditional families

Six-in-ten Catholics say the church should allow those who are divorced and have remarried without obtaining an annulment to receive Communion, according to a 2015 Pew Research Center Survey.

ReligionApril 8, 2016

On abortion, persistent divides between – and within – the two parties

As Americans await a decision in the Supreme Court’s first abortion case in years, a slim majority (56%) now think abortion should be legal in all or most cases. About four-in-ten (41%) say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. The balance of opinion on this issue has ticked back toward support for […]

U.S. PoliticsApril 7, 2016

Cost-of-living disparities within states complicate minimum-wage debate

The cost of living can vary widely not just from state to state but within individual states, which can make setting an appropriate minimum wage more difficult.

ReligionApril 7, 2016

Is God Dead? No, but belief has declined slightly

Fifty years ago this month, Time magazine published one of its most famous and controversial covers. Splashed in bold red print across a black background was a short, simple and yet intensely provocative question: “Is God Dead?” Without providing a definitive answer, the authors of the piece, dated April 8, 1966, seemed to imply that, […]

Fact TankApril 7, 2016

Who relies on public transit in the U.S.

America’s love affair with the car is well-documented, but many U.S. adults also rely on a bus, train or subway to get around. One-in-ten Americans (11%) say they take public transportation on a daily or weekly basis, according to a new Pew Research Center survey conducted in late 2015, but who is taking public transit […]