October 3, 2013

20 facts from Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center produces original data on a wide range of topics. We also share a lot of our findings on social media. Here, in no particular order, is a list of some of our most popular content on social media, informed by our analytics, from reports released in 2013.

1. Fathers spend more time on housework and child care, but still only do about half of what mothers do. (Report)


2. 65% of Americans say news organizations focus on unimportant stories rather than important ones (28%). (Report)


3. More express concern over civil liberties (47%) than protection from terrorism (35%) for the first time in Pew Research Center polling. (Report)


4. 3% of Americans still connect to the internet at home via a dial-up connection. (Report)


5. During the first two years of the nation’s economic recovery, the mean net worth of households in the upper 7% of the wealth distribution rose by an estimated 28%, while the mean net worth of households in the lower 93% dropped by 4%. (Report)


6. For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority (52%) of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana. (Report)


7. A record 40% of households with children include mothers who are either the sole or primary breadwinners. (Report)


8. 15% of American adults do not use the internet or email. (Report)


9. 56% of U.S. adults say they would not want to undergo medical treatments to slow the aging process and live to be 120 or more, but roughly two-thirds (68%) think that most other people would. (Report)


10. A record 37.6 million persons ages 5 years and older speak Spanish at home. (Report)


11. 56% of internet users have "Googled themselves" or used a search engine to look up their own name to see what information is available about them online. (Fact Tank)


12. In 23 of 39 nations surveyed, a majority or plurality of the people say China either already has replaced or eventually will replace the U.S. as the top superpower. (Report)


13. One-in-ten (7.7 million) children were living with a grandparent in 2011. Approximately 3 million of these children were being cared for primarily by that grandparent. (Report)


14. In 2012, 36% of the nation's young adults ages 18 to 31 were living in their parents' home. (Report)


15. A record 8% of households with minor children are headed by a single father, up from just over 1% in 1960. (Report)


16. 56% of LGBT adults say they have told their mother that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender; 39% say they have told their father. (Report)


17. An estimated 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants were living in the U.S. in March 2012. (Report)


18. 72% of Americans say that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is "inevitable" including 85% of those who favor same-sex marriage and 59% of those who oppose it. (Report)


19. 48% of Americans say the growing number of "people who are not religious" is bad for American society. (Report)


20. 31% of U.S. adults say they have abandoned a news outlet because it no longer provided the news and information they had grown accustomed to. (Report)


  1. Photo of Bruce Drake

    is a senior editor at Pew Research Center.

  2. Photo of Andrea Caumont

    is the social media editor at Pew Research Center.


  1. carolyn anderson4 years ago

    I do not believe your data. Do you ever survey people who live in the South. I have never or know anyone who has been ask a question from you guys or any other poll. I have taken your quiz on line and do not agree with your assumptions about my political leanings.

    Some of the things you say I am are not even in the quiz. You think everyone thinks just like the group of democrats (liberals) who work for you. I do enjoying some of the stuff on the web site.

    Thanks, Carolyn Anderson

  2. Bruce Robinson4 years ago

    One of the most serious problems in the U.S. is the number of homeless youths and young adults. Among them, lesbians and gays are over-represented about 8 times. They have either been thrown out of their home or have found it intolerable to continue living there.

    Yet nobody seems to have conducted a survey to find out why some parents support their children while others kick them to the curb or make life hell so that they feel they have to leave. If people knew why this happens then the cause of homelessness among the LGBT community could be tackled with intelligence.

  3. Wm. Greene4 years ago

    Nice to see hard numbers on issues important to all Americans. No surprises though.
    We are a people in transition in social matters and it has been spawned by a liberal elite
    in public and private education and institutions. The land of our fathers and our youth
    is no longer there. We older folks in mid to late 80s or so have had to adapt to the changing social laws and attitudes endorsed in mainstream media and everywhere else. Yet, the informed advisors tell us the that USA will grow in giant terms in this century.

    1. Wm. Greene4 years ago

      Go ahead and “moderate” my thoughts. Take responsibility for the moderation.

    2. scott4 years ago

      Liberal Elite ? you have got to be kidding more like the ultra conservative elite.

  4. Pat Coleman4 years ago

    I love your stuff – It’s the best information available

  5. phillip d. fees4 years ago

    I find your research to be very useful because at a glance I can see if it is something I am interested in reading. doing so you get to the meat of the matter both in the figures but refreshingly in the text also. you are doing a great and important job. thank you and keep up the good work.