U.S. Politics Jul. 1, 2008

Gas Prices Pump Up Support for Drilling

Americans are giving higher priority to more energy exploration, rather than more conservation; concern about the environment fades as support for ANWR drilling rises.

Jun. 25, 2008

Baby Boomers: The Gloomiest Generation

Today, in their early 40s to early 60s, boomers are more prosperous than any other age group. Their tastes still rule the world. Yet this privileged and pampered generation is the most downbeat in America.

Hispanic Jun. 4, 2008

Latino Labor Report, 2008: Construction Reverses Job Growth for Latinos

The slump in the construction industry has taken a heavy toll on Latino workers. From a historic low in late 2006, the unemployment rate for Latinos rose sharply in 2007 and currently stands well above the rate for non-Latinos. Immigrant Latino workers have been hit especially hard.

May. 29, 2008

The Middle Class Blues: Pricey Neighborhoods, High Stress

When it comes to anxiety about family finances, an old truism applies: Where you stand depends on where you sit. Or, more precisely, on where your house or apartment sits.

May. 13, 2008

Feeling Guilty: Americans Say They Aren’t Saving Enough

Most Americans at every income level and in every demographic group worry they aren’t putting enough aside for the future — but they’re apparently not worried enough to do much about it, a new survey finds.

Hispanic May. 8, 2008

A Statistical Portrait of Hispanic Women in the U.S.

Annual births to Hispanic women in the U.S. exceeded one million in 2006, and one-in-four children in the U.S. under age 5 is Hispanic. These and other interesting data are included in a new Pew Hispanic Center fact sheet.

U.S. Politics May. 7, 2008

Hard Hats See Hard Times

While the latest statistics reported fewer job losses than analysts expected, the public is expressing increasing concern about job availability; but unlike in the 1992 downturn, such worries are concentrated in the lower portions of the income spectrum.

Apr. 30, 2008

Who Wants To Be Rich?

Anyone who thinks that Americans worship at the feet of the almighty dollar should ask the American public. In fact, a new Social Trends survey finds only 13% of adults say it’s “very important” for them to be wealthy, ranking this personal priority far behind six others measured.

Pew Research Center Apr. 14, 2008

States Push Food Stamps for the Needy

As the economy sputters, states are taking extraordinary measures to help people keep food on the table, and a federal program is their primary tool.

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.