Fact TankDecember 23, 2015

Americans are in the middle of the pack globally when it comes to importance of religion

Americans place less importance on religion in their lives than do people in a number of countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia — but more than residents of many other Western and European countries.

Fact TankDecember 22, 2015

15 striking findings from 2015

From trust in government to views of climate change, here are some of Pew Research Center’s most memorable findings of the year.

Fact TankDecember 10, 2015

As smog hangs over Beijing, Chinese cite air pollution as major concern

Beijing experienced more than 200 days of air pollution categorized as “unhealthy” or worse in 2014, including 21 days that were “hazardous.”

Fact TankDecember 2, 2015

Women, more than men, say climate change will harm them personally

In wealthier nations, women are more likely than men to consider climate change a serious problem, be concerned it will harm them personally and say that major lifestyle changes are needed to solve the problem.

Fact TankNovember 29, 2015

People worldwide support a global emissions agreement

But the degree of concern about climate change varies markedly from country to country.

Fact TankNovember 20, 2015

40% of Millennials OK with limiting speech offensive to minorities

That’s compared with 27% of Gen Xers and 24% of Boomers who say the same.

Fact TankNovember 20, 2015

Without one-child policy, China still might not see baby boom, gender balance

China’s rapid economic development, its urbanization and its culture will continue to play a role in family size and the population’s gender makeup.

Fact TankNovember 19, 2015

U.S. public seldom has welcomed refugees into country

Public opinion data going back to the 1930s shows that generally speaking, Americans oppose large numbers of refugees entering the country.

Fact TankNovember 19, 2015

Building outpaces population growth in many of China’s urban areas

With so much new infrastructure, 62% of urban areas in China with populations over 100,000 have become less crowded — even as most gained in total population.

Fact TankNovember 18, 2015

Where the world sees limits to free speech

In principle, most people around the world support freedom of expression. But there is a fine line between general support for freedom of speech and support for specific forms of expression.