Generation Gap Influences Views on Budget Tradeoffs
The record generation gap evident in the last two presidential elections is echoed by large differences by age in attitudes about the tradeoff between reducing the federal deficit and preserving entitlements for older adults.
A Bipartisan Nation of Beneficiaries
A majority of Americans, both Democrat and Republican, have received government benefits from one of the six best-known federal entitlement programs.
Census Bureau Lowers Forecast and ’Loses’ 39 Million Future Americans
The Census Bureau’s new national population projections released this week forecast markedly lower growth for the nation in the coming decades—especially from immigration—than the last official projection in 2008.
U.S. Birth Rate Falls to a Record Low; Decline Is Greatest Among Immigrants
Even with the decline, foreign-born women, who make up 17% of all women of childbearing age in the United States, continue to account for a disproportionate share of U.S. births, 23% in 2010.
No Reversal in Decline of Marriage
In 2011, 4.2 million adults were newly married, about the same number as in 2010 and sharply lower than the 4.5 million newlyweds estimated in 2008.
Election 2012: A Milestone En Route to Becoming a Majority Minority Nation
The minority groups that carried President Obama to victory yesterday by giving him 80% of their votes are on track to become a majority of the nation’s population by 2050. They currently make up 37% of the population, and they cast a record 28% of the votes in the 2012 presidential election.
Record Shares of Young Adults Have Finished Both High School and College
In 2012, for the first time ever, one-third of the nation’s 25 to 29-year-olds have completed at least a bachelor’s degree. College completion is also now at record levels among key demographic groups.
More Americans Worry about Financing Retirement
Despite a slowly improving economy, about four-in-ten adults (38%) say they are not confident that they will have enough income and assets for their retirement, up from 25% at the end of the Great Recession in 2009.
A Record One-in-Five Households Now Owe Student Loan Debt
Student debt has increased in nearly every demographic and economic category since 2007, as has the size of that debt. The burden of student debt is greatest for the young and the poor.
Where the Public Stands on Government Assistance, Taxes and the Presidential Candidates
When the national conversation focuses on class, the social safety net and the distribution of wealth as it has in the past week, the public sees clear differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and Obama has an overall advantage.