Youth Engagement Falls; Registration Also Declines
Young voters are significantly less engaged in this year’s election than at a comparable point in 2008 and now lag far behind older voters in interest in the campaign and intention to vote.
Map: Hispanic Population in Select U.S. Metropolitan Areas
Characteristics of the 60 metropolitan areas with the largest Hispanic populations.
Data: Hispanic Demographic Profiles by State and County
Browse and download data on the Hispanic population by state and county.
Almost Half of U.S. Hispanic Population Lives in 10 Metropolitan Areas
The Los Angeles metropolitan area has the nation’s largest Hispanic population followed by the New York metropolitan area. California and Texas are home to six of the 10 largest Hispanic metropolitan populations.
Data: 2012 Election Voter Preferences
Importance of the Latino Vote in 2012
Mark Hugo Lopez, associate director, Pew Hispanic Center, discusses the importance of the Latino Vote in the 2012 presidential election.
Smartphones Particularly Popular With Young Adults, High Earners
On the eve of Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone 5, 45% of American adults own smartphones. They are particularly popular with young adults and those living in relatively higher income households; 66% of those ages 18-29 own smartphones, and 68% of those living in households earning $75,000 also own them.
Map: Population Distribution of Hispanic Origin Groups, by County
A map showing the distribution of all Hispanics and the six largest Hispanic origin groups in the U.S., by county.
Determining Who Is a ’Likely Voter’
Scott Keeter, director of survey research, explains why pollsters switch from registered voters to likely voters in their samples as Election Day nears, and how the Pew Research Center determines who is likely to vote.
The Lost Decade of the Middle Class
As the 2012 presidential candidates prepare their closing arguments to America’s middle class, they are courting a group that has endured a lost decade for economic well-being. Since 2000, the middle class has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth, and shed some – but by no means all – of its characteristic faith in the future.