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.

U.S. Politics Mar. 27, 2008

Dismal Views of the National Economy : It’s the Inflation, Stupid

Public satisfaction with the state of the nation is about as low as it has been in 20 years of Pew polling; but optimism about the future rises somewhat.

U.S. Politics Feb. 14, 2008

Economic Discontent Deepens As Inflation Concerns Rise

Public views of the U.S. economy, already quite negative, have plummeted since January. Just 17% currently rate the nation’s economy as excellent or good, down from 26% last month.

Pew Research Center Jan. 9, 2008

Report: Teachers Earn Less than Peers

In 40 states, public school teachers fail to make as much as workers in comparable professions, such as reporters and insurance underwriters, according to a new report by the Education Research Center.

Hispanic Dec. 13, 2007

The Immigration Debate: Controversy Heats Up, Hispanics Feel a Chill

The 2007 National Survey of Latinos finds that Hispanics in the U.S. are feeling a range of negative effects from increased public attention and stepped up enforcement measures.

Pew Research Center Dec. 7, 2007

States Take Lead in Housing Crisis

From establishing foreclosure hotlines to temporarily freezing sub-prime interest rates, states are at the forefront of policymaking to minimize damage from the mortgage meltdown.

U.S. Politics Oct. 11, 2007

Economic Pessimism Grows as Nation’s Real Estate Slump Hits Wealthy Areas

Public assessments of the nation’s economy have fallen to a two-year low. Faced with a steady stream of negative news about the housing market, Americans are substantially less inclined than they were even a few months ago to say they expect home prices to rise over the next few years.

U.S. Politics Sep. 13, 2007

A Nation of “Haves” and “Have-Nots”?

Over the past two decades, the number of Americans who see the country as divided along economic lines has increased sharply, and twice as many people now see themselves among the society’s “have-nots.”

Pew Research Center Sep. 4, 2007

Home Insurance Woes Mount in U.S. Coastal Areas

Two years after Hurricane Katrina, state governments along the Gulf Coast and in other storm-prone areas struggle to keep affordable coverage available in areas seen as increasingly risky.