Feb. 10, 2009

McDonald’s and Starbucks: 43% Yin, 35% Yang

In the smackdown between Big Macs and caffe lattes, Americans manage to typecast themselves by just about every demographic and ideological characteristic under the sun.

Jan. 29, 2009

For Nearly Half of America, Grass Is Greener Somewhere Else

Where would Americans most like to live — and how do they feel about the place they currently call home?

Dec. 17, 2008

American Mobility: Movers,Stayers, Places and Reasons

Americans are settling down: Only 13% of the U.S. population changed residences between 2006 and 2007, the lowest share since the 1940s. A new Pew Research Center survey looks at the reasons people move and stay put, and explains why 23% of adults aren’t living in the place they consider home. Also, an interactive set of maps with detailed regional and state data shows that Texas is the nation’s “stickiest” state and Nevada is the most “magnetic.” Visit the maps to find stats on all 50 states.

Dec. 2, 2008

Americans Claim to Like Diverse Communities but Do They Really?

People express pro-diversity attitudes to pollsters but U.S. neighborhoods have grown more politically and economically homogenous in recent decades, according to analyses of election returns and U.S. Census data.

Sep. 25, 2008

Women Call the Shots at Home; Public Mixed on Gender Roles in Jobs

They say it’s a man’s world, but in the typical American family, it’s the woman who wears the pantsuit. Still, Americans retain strong traditional gender preferences with respect to some job roles. To find out where you fit, take our Couples Quiz, then read the report on the findings of the national survey.

Sep. 15, 2008

Revisiting the Mommy Wars After Palin: Politics, Gender and Parenthood

A new Pew survey, like others before it, found Republicans far more troubled than Democrats by the long term trend toward mothers of young children working outside the home. But these surveys were conducted before Sarah Palin entered the political scene. The especially enthusiatic initial reponse to her vice presidential candidacy contrasts sharply with these findings.

Aug. 25, 2008

Men or Women: Who’s the Better Leader?

Americans believe women have the right stuff to be political leaders. When it comes to honesty, intelligence and other traits they value highly in leaders, the public rates women superior to men. But only 6% say women make better political leaders than men. A new Pew survey explores this paradox.

Apr. 9, 2008

Inside the Middle Class: Bad Times Hit the Good Life

A new Pew Social Trends study finds that fewer Americans now than at any time in the past half century believe they’re moving forward in life. But at the same time, two-thirds say they have a higher standard of living than their parents had.

Feb. 11, 2008

U.S. Population Projections: 2005-2050

If current trends continue, the population of the United States will rise to 438 million in 2050, from 296 million in 2005, and 82% of the increase will be due to immigrants arriving from 2005 to 2050 and their U.S.-born descendants, according to new projections developed by the Pew Research Center.

Nov. 13, 2007

Blacks See Growing Values Gap Between Poor and Middle Class

African Americans see a widening gulf between the values of middle class and poor blacks, and nearly four-in-ten say that because of the diversity within their community, blacks can no longer be thought of as a single race, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.