Jun. 13, 2007

Being Dad May Be Tougher These Days, but Working Moms are among Their Biggest Fans

Most people agree that it is harder to be a father now than it was 20 or 30 years ago, yet the verdict is mixed on how well today’s dads measure up — about half of the public says they’re doing a worse job when compared with fathers a generation ago. But, a majority (56%) of women say today’s dads are handling their fatherly duties as well or better than in the past.

U.S. Politics May. 22, 2007

Four-in-Ten Americans Have Close Friends or Relatives Who are Gay

A new survey also finds that those with homosexual or lesbian relatives or friends are more likely to accept gay marriage and oppose the firing of gay teachers.

May. 22, 2007

Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream

The first-ever, nationwide, random sample survey of Muslim Americans finds them to be largely assimilated, happy with their lives, and moderate with respect to many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world.

May. 2, 2007

Motherhood Today: Tougher Challenges, Less Success

From managing busy schedules to dealing with outside influences, mothers have their hands full these days – and middle-aged women are their sharpest critics. At the same time, fully 70% of the public says it’s harder to be a mother today than it was 20 or 30 years ago; somewhat fewer (60%) say the same about being a father.

Feb. 22, 2007

Americans and Social Trust: Who, Where and Why

Just under half of Americans say most people can be trusted, while 50% say you can’t be too careful, a new Pew survey finds. Whites are more trusting than blacks or Hispanics. High income folks are more trusting than those with low incomes. The married are more trusting than the unmarried. The old are more trusting than the young. And rural folks are more trusting than their city cousins.

Feb. 7, 2007

What Americans Pay For – and How

Bill-paying is a different experience now than it was a generation ago. A sizable minority of adults pay by click. And a sizable majority pay each month for one or more of the big three Information Age staples that didn’t exist or were in their infancy a few decades back — cell phones, internet service and cable and satellite television.

Jan. 24, 2007

We Try Hard. We Fall Short. Americans Assess Their Saving Habits

Despite a negative national savings rate, three-in-four Americans still think of themselves as savers. But a majority also acknowledge they don’t save enough, according to a new Pew survey.

U.S. Politics Jan. 9, 2007

A Portrait of “Generation Next”

A new generation has come of age, shaped by an unprecedented revolution in technology and dramatic events both at home and abroad. They are Generation Next, the cohort of young adults who have grown up with personal computers, cell phones and the internet and are now taking their place in a world where the only constant is rapid change.

Jan. 4, 2007

Most Americans Moderately Upbeat About Family Finances in 2007

Most Americans are moderately upbeat about their family’s financial prospects in the coming year, with 57% expecting some improvement in their financial situation and another 10% expecting a lot of improvement, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Dec. 14, 2006

Luxury or Necessity?

As Americans navigate increasingly crowded lives, the number of things they say they can’t live without has multiplied in the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that asks whether a broad array of everyday consumer products are luxuries or necessities.