Hispanic Apr. 30, 2009

Dissecting the 2008 Electorate: Most Diverse in U.S. History

The electorate in last year’s presidential election was the most racially and ethnically diverse in U.S. history, with nearly one-in-four votes cast by non-whites, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data.

Pew Research Center Apr. 30, 2009

Dissecting the 2008 Electorate: Most Diverse in U.S. History

Demographic changes in America have increased the number of eligible non-white voters, but the racial and ethnic diversity of last year’s electorate was also driven by substantially higher levels of participation by black, Hispanic and Asian voters.

U.S. Politics Apr. 30, 2009

Public Takes Conservative Turn on Gun Control, Abortion

Public attitudes on two contentious national issues — gun control and abortion — have moved in a more conservative direction over the past year. In both cases, the changes have largely been driven by shifts in attitudes among men.

U.S. Politics Apr. 28, 2009

Support for Free Trade Recovers Despite Recession

Despite the economic recession, support for free trade agreements is up by nine percentage points — from 35% to 44% — putting positive opinions of trade back in line with long-term trends. People in low-income families and Democrats are much more supportive of trade now than they were a year ago.

Religion Apr. 27, 2009

Faith in Flux

Americans change religious affiliation early and often. A new survey documents the fluidity of religious affiliation in the U.S. and describes in detail the patterns and reasons for change.

Apr. 23, 2009

Luxury or Necessity? The Public Makes a U-Turn

From the kitchen to the laundry room to the home entertainment center, Americans are paring down the list of familiar household appliances they say they can’t live without.

U.S. Politics Apr. 23, 2009

Obama at 100 Days: Strong Job Approval, Even Higher Personal Ratings

As he approaches the 100-day mark of his presidency, Barack Obama’s job approval ratings are higher than those of his most recent predecessors. However, the 44th president is even more distinguished by his strong personal popularity.

Hispanic Apr. 15, 2009

Mexican Immigrants in the United States, 2008

A record 12.7 million Mexican immigrants lived in the United States in 2008, a 17-fold increase since 1970. More than half (55%) are unauthorized.

Internet & Tech Apr. 15, 2009

The Internet’s Role in Campaign 2008

Three-quarters (74%) of internet users went online during the 2008 election to take part in, or get news and information about the 2008 campaign. This represents 55% of the entire U.S. adult population.

Hispanic Apr. 14, 2009

A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States

Unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. are more geographically dispersed than in the past and are more likely than either U.S.-born residents or legal immigrants to live in a household with a spouse and children. But the recent rapid growth in the undocumented immigrant labor force has come to a halt. The new report also includes population and labor force estimates for each state.