Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Fewer Mothers Prefer Full-time Work
In the span of the past decade, full-time work outside the home has lost some of its appeal to mothers. This trend holds for both those who have such jobs and those who don’t.
As Marriage and Parenthood Drift Apart, Public Is Concerned about Social Impact
At a time when nearly four-in-ten births in this country are to an unmarried mother, the public says unwed parenting is a big problem for society. But Americans are far less inclined now than a generation ago to say children are important to a successful marriage, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
Who Flies the Flag? Not Always Who You Might Think
For many Americans, demonstrating patriotism means showing the flag; overall, 62% say they do so. Notably, significantly more Northeasterners and Midwesterners fly the flag than do residents of the South or the West.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.