U.S. PoliticsFebruary 20, 2014

American unions membership declines as public support fluctuates

Though unions retain much public support, the share of American workers who actually belong to one has been falling for decades and is at its lowest level since the Great Depression

Fact TankSeptember 3, 2013

The disappearing male worker

Are men losing interest in work? Male labor force participation rates in the United States have been in steady decline since at least 1950 while women’s labor market participation steadily rose before leveling off about a decade ago. Two recent analyses of U.S. Census data document this trend and offer some unexpected reasons why this […]

Fact TankSeptember 2, 2013

Opinion of unions is up, membership down

About half of Americans have a favorable view of labor unions, up 10 percentage points since 2011.

ReligionJuly 11, 2013

Public Esteem for Military Still High

More than three-quarters of Americans continue to believe that members of the military contribute “a lot” to society’s well-being. By contrast, only 37% say clergy make a big contribution to society, and journalists have dropped the most in public esteem since 2009.

U.S. PoliticsJune 27, 2013

Favorable Views of Business, Labor Rebound

Favorable opinions of both business corporations and labor unions have rebounded from record lows reached in the summer of 2011.

February 21, 2013

Young Adults Shed Debt After Recession

Young adults have shed substantially more debt than older adults did during the Great Recession and its immediate aftermath—mainly by virtue of owning fewer houses and cars and paring credit card balances.

U.S. PoliticsJune 4, 2012

Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years

Americans values and basic beliefs are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years. Party has now become the single largest fissure in American society, with the values gap between Republicans and Democrats greater than gender, age, race or class divides.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 23, 2012

Auto Bailout Now Backed, Stimulus Divisive

Public support for government loans to major U.S. automakers are viewed more positively today than in the fall of 2009, but there has been less change in opinions about other major economic policies such as the federal loans to banks and financial institutions during the 2008 financial crisis and President Obama’s economic stimulus plan.

U.S. PoliticsJune 30, 2011

U.S. Seen as Among the Greatest Nations, But Not Superior to All Others

Despite the struggling economy and broad dissatisfaction with national conditions, the public has a positive view of the United States’ global standing. But more think that the U.S. is one of the greatest countries in the world than say it stands above all other countries.

U.S. PoliticsMay 26, 2011

‘Staunch Conservatives’ Are Wary of Wall Street

Nearly three years after the financial crisis that sent the nation’s economy into a tailspin, the public expresses mixed views of Wall Street.