Apr 8, 2015 7:00 am

Reflecting a racial shift, 78 counties turned majority-minority since 2000

Where Minorities Became the Majority Between 2000 and 2013

In the United States as a whole, the white share of the population is declining as Hispanic, Asian and black populations grow. But the shift to a more diverse nation is happening more quickly in some places than in others. Read More

Category: Sortable Table

Topics: Demographics, Population Trends, Race and Ethnicity, U.S. Census

Apr 7, 2015 11:03 am

Obama to meet Latin American leaders amid positive views of U.S. in the region

When President Obama joins 34 other heads of state from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean this week in Panama City for the seventh Summit of the Americas, he’ll be doing so at a time when the United States’ image in the region is largely positive.

The year’s agenda will include discussion of improved cooperation between Western hemisphere nations, a topic epitomized by the first-ever invitation for Cuba to participate in the meeting and the U.S. restoring diplomatic ties with the island. The move garnered praise from leaders throughout Latin America.

Most in Latin America Like U.S.A 2014 Pew Research Center survey of 43 countries around the world showed that a median of 65% of people in Latin America had a positive view of the U.S. While not quite as positive as attitudes toward America in Africa (74%), this level of approval is on par with views in Europe (66%) and Asia (66%) and much higher than in the Middle East (30%). The survey was conducted last spring before Obama’s diplomatic opening to Cuba.

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Topics: Foreign Affairs and Policy, Latin America

Apr 7, 2015 9:27 am

5 facts to help understand the U.S.-Japan relationship

This year may prove to be a pivotal one in U.S.-Japan relations, a time to take the temperature of the current bilateral relationship and to consider its future in a world that is increasingly Asia-centric.

Washington and Tokyo are key participants in an unprecedented effort to broaden and deepen trade and investment among Pacific Rim countries that account for more than a third of the world’s gross domestic product. The United States is explicitly rebalancing its strategic orientation toward Asia, while Japan is debating its future role in collective security. And both countries face a rising challenge from China. How the American and Japanese people see these issues may go a long way toward framing the future relationship of these onetime adversaries and longtime allies.

In a new report, Pew Research Center examines how the people of the U.S. and Japan see the other nation’s role in the world. Here are five facts to help understand this sometimes complex relationship. Read More

Category: 5 Facts

Topics: Asia and the Pacific, Foreign Affairs and Policy

Apr 7, 2015 7:00 am

Christianity poised to continue its shift from Europe to Africa

The global Christian population has been shifting southward for at least a century and is expected to continue to do so over the next four decades, according to new demographic projections from the Pew Research Center. Overall, the share of Christians in the world is expected to remain flat. But Europe’s share of the the world’s Christians will continue to decline while sub-Saharan Africa’s will increase dramatically.

Nearly half of the world’s Christians already reside in Africa and the Latin America-Caribbean region. By 2050, according to the Pew Research study, those two regions will be home to more than six-in-ten of the world’s followers of Jesus, with just a quarter of Christians living in Europe and North America.

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Topics: Christians and Christianity, Demographics, Europe, Population Geography, Religious Affiliation, Sub-Saharan Africa

Apr 6, 2015 10:05 am

After 200 years, Native Hawaiians make a comeback

Native Hawaiian Population Makes a Comeback

More than any other state, Hawaii stands out when it comes to its racial and ethnic diversity. The Rainbow State has never had a white majority. In fact, non-Hispanic whites, the largest group in most states, account for only 23% of the population, according to 2013 census figures.

Asians, a category that includes Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Filipino immigrants whose ancestors once worked on the islands’ sugar cane and pineapple fields, are collectively the largest group at 37%. Read More

Topics: Demographics, Population Geography, Population Projections, Race and Ethnicity

Apr 6, 2015 7:00 am

From Twitter to Instagram, a different #Ferguson conversation

On social media, hashtags have long been used as a shorthand way of organizing a conversation around an event or topic. One widely used hashtag over the past year is #Ferguson, which started after the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., and has since become a kind of connective tissue for the massive number of social media posts about the event and what it has come to represent.

#Ferguson Used Differently on Twitter and InstagramIn a new analysis of the #Ferguson hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, Pew Research Center has found some striking differences between the two social media platforms in how people use the hashtag and direct the conversation.

On Twitter, which quickly became a source of information about the Michael Brown shooting last August, usage of the hashtag #Ferguson has primarily focused on the discussion about Brown, the ensuing protests and the authorities’ response. Read More

Topics: Internet Activities, Race and Ethnicity, Social Media

Apr 3, 2015 7:00 am

Why people with no religion are projected to decline as a share of the world’s population

For years, the percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religion has been rising, a trend similar to what has been happening in much of Europe (including the United Kingdom). Despite this trend, in coming decades, the global share of religiously unaffiliated people is expected to fall, according to the Pew Research Center’s new study on the future of world religion.


To be clear, the total number of religiously unaffiliated people (which includes atheists, agnostics and those who say they have no particular religion on censuses and surveys) is expected to rise, from 1.1 billion in 2010 to 1.2 billion in 2050. But this growth is projected to occur at the same time that other religious groups – and the global population overall – are growing faster. Read More

Topics: Population Projections, Religious Affiliation, Religiously Unaffiliated

Apr 2, 2015 9:55 am

7 key changes in the global religious landscape

What will the world’s religious landscape look like a few decades from now? A new Pew Research Center study attempts to answer that question by projecting the changing size of eight major global religious groups through the year 2050 based on a variety of demographic factors.

The study uses data from 198 countries and territories on fertility, age composition and life expectancy. It also looks at rates of religious switching – where data is available – and migration between countries, and puts all of these factors together to provide the best estimates for the future.

There are many storylines in this data, which can be explored through the full report or on our interactive Global Religious Futures website. Here are a few of the key findings: Read More

Topics: Buddhists and Buddhism, Christians and Christianity, Demographics, Hindus and Hinduism, Muslims and Islam, Population Projections, Religious Affiliation, Religiously Unaffiliated

Apr 2, 2015 7:00 am

What we learned about surveying with mobile apps

This week marks a new experimental milestone for Pew Research Center: We’ve released our first report using survey findings collected with mobile software applications, or “apps.”

The rise of apps in an increasingly mobile world is a major social, political and economic story that we have been documenting for years. As researchers, we’ve felt for some time that apps hold a lot of promise for data collection. Not only could apps-based surveys potentially make surveys more “mobile friendly,” but they might also allow people to provide different kinds of information that is sometimes difficult to gather in traditional phone surveys, such as location data or exactly when people use certain smartphone features.

Yet little work has been done by social science researchers examining whether apps are a viable survey tool. And we were unable to find any research comparing app-based surveys with polls administered through Web browsers. We used an app that enabled people to take our surveys on their smartphone or tablet, even when the phone is not connected to the internet. We also allowed people to take the survey using any Web browser, including a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop, but that required an internet connection. Our new, experimental work compared the results of these two modes, and what we found is fascinating.

Here’s what we did: Read More

Topics: Internet Activities, Mobile, Research Methodology

Apr 1, 2015 1:58 pm

Working-mom guilt? Many dads feel it too

A recent study, published in the April 2015 issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family, suggests that kids’ academic and emotional well-being is not necessarily contingent on the amount of time they spend with their mothers. The takeaway for some commentators: It’s time for busy moms to let go of the guilt they feel about not spending enough time with their kids.

Among Working Parents, Fathers More Conflicted About Time Spent with KidsIt turns out today’s working fathers are just as likely as working mothers to say that finding the right balance between their job and their family life is a challenge for them, Pew Research Center has found. Fully half of working dads say it’s difficult for them to balance these competing responsibilities; 56% of working moms say the same. And about the same share of working dads (34%) and moms (40%) say they “always feel rushed” in their day-to-day lives.

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Topics: Parenthood, Work and Employment