What the Public Knows — In Pictures, Words, Maps and Graphs
The latest Pew Research Center News IQ survey finds that, nearly half a century after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., an overwhelming majority of Americans (91%) are able to identify the civil rights leader from his picture.
Public Views on U.S. Labor Unions
The share of wage and salary workers in the U.S. who belong to labor unions has fallen by about half since 1983. Americans express mixed views on the impact this long-term decline has had on the country.
Americans’ Views on Open Government Data
Many hope that more transparency and data sharing will help journalists, make officials more accountable and improve decisions. But very few think agencies are doing a great job of providing useful data.
Views of Supreme Court Little Changed as Major Rulings Loom
Public views of the Supreme Court are little changed since last summer, following the court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case and other end-of-term decisions.
Less Support for Death Penalty, Especially Among Democrats
A majority of Americans favor the death penalty for those convicted of murder, but support is at a 40-year low. Much of the decline in support since the mid-1990s has come among Democrats.
Cell Phones in Africa a Communication Lifeline
The proliferation of mobile phone networks has transformed communications in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also allowed Africans to skip the landline stage of development and jump right to the digital age.
Why Americans Support or Oppose Legalizing Marijuana
Supporters of marijuana legalization cite its perceived health benefits, or see it as no more dangerous than other drugs. To opponents, it is a dangerous drug, one that inflicts damage on people and society more generally.
A Rising Share of the U.S. Black Population Is Foreign Born
A record 3.8 million black immigrants live in the U.S. today, accounting for 8.7% of the nation’s black population, nearly triple their share in 1980. While half are from the Caribbean, African immigration has soared since 2000.
How Teens Use Social Media & Technology
Smartphones are fueling a shift in the communication landscape for teens. Nearly three-quarters of teens now use smartphones and 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly.”
Sharp Differences in Party Affiliation
A new analysis of long-term trends in party affiliation finds wide demographic differences in the groups that identify as Republicans and Democrats. Meanwhile, the share of political independents is at a 75-year high.