Pew Research CenterApril 25, 2018

7 demographic trends shaping the U.S. and the world in 2018

Ahead of the Population Association of America’s annual meeting, read seven important recent demographic findings.

Pew Research CenterApril 20, 2018

U.S. trade deficits with other countries can vary significantly, depending on how they’re measured

The United States runs a far larger merchandise trade deficit with China than with any other nation. But when the trade deficit is measured in other ways, the U.S. actually has a larger imbalance with countries outside of China.

Pew Research CenterApril 16, 2018

Asylum claims in Canada reached highest level in decades in 2017

More people sought asylum in Canada in 2017 than at any point in at least a quarter-century. Furthermore, the 50,420 asylum applications Canada received in 2017 were more than double the number in 2016.

Pew Research CenterApril 13, 2018

U.S. foreign policy experts are more pessimistic about democracy than their European counterparts

Foreign policy experts on opposite sides of the Atlantic have markedly different assessments of the way democracy is working in their countries.

Pew Research CenterApril 5, 2018

Despite talk of ‘trade war’ with China, highest U.S. tariffs are on imports from other Asian countries

The highest U.S. tariffs aren’t on imports from its biggest trading partners, but on products from several developing South Asian nations whose exports are heavily weighted toward clothing, footwear and other products that the U.S. generally taxes highly.

Pew Research CenterMarch 29, 2018

East Coast and Texas metros had the most H-1B visas for skilled workers from 2010 to 2016

The employment of high-skilled foreign workers with H-1B visas centered in large East Coast and Texas metro areas in fiscal 2010-2016.

Pew Research CenterMarch 28, 2018

U.S. tariffs vary a lot, but the highest duties tend to be on imported clothing

Average tariff rates, while useful for comparison, can obscure the wide range of rates imposed on different classes of imports and on specific products.

Pew Research CenterMarch 22, 2018

U.S. tariffs are among the lowest in the world – and in the nation’s history

The Trump administration’s plans to impose $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports, as well as tariffs recently placed on imported steel and aluminum and on imports of solar panels and washing machines, mark a distinct break from decades of U.S. trade policy, which long has generally favored lower tariffs and fewer restrictions on the movement of goods and services across international borders.

Pew Research CenterMarch 12, 2018

People in less democratic countries are more likely to say China and Russia respect personal freedoms

People who live in countries where the political system is less than “fully democratic” tend to give Beijing and Moscow higher marks for upholding individual rights than people who live in full democracies, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of public opinion in 38 countries across the globe.

Pew Research CenterMarch 8, 2018

Negative views of democracy more widespread in countries with low political affiliation

Across 35 nations, a median of 26% do not identify with any political party in their country. In countries where more people are unaffiliated with any political party, popular support for representative democracy is also lower.