Pew Research Center May. 8, 2013

Should You Invest in Stocks or Housing for the Long Term? It Depends.

By Drew DeSilver With the stock market hitting new highs and home prices marking their strongest gains since before the bubble burst, it’s starting to feel like a real economic recovery. But which is the better investment over time? That depends largely on your definition of “long term.”  As the accompanying charts show, since the formal […]

Apr. 23, 2013

An Uneven Wealth Recovery in the U.S.

During the first two years of the nation’s economic recovery, wealth inequality increased as aggregate wealth rose for the wealthiest 7% of households, but fell for the bottom 93%.

U.S. Politics Mar. 21, 2013

Obama Job Approval Slips as Economic Pessimism Rises

Barack Obama’s job approval rating has tumbled since shortly after his re-election, as the public’s economic expectations for the coming year have soured.

U.S. Politics Feb. 25, 2013

Most See Major Impact From Spending Cuts

The public is fatigued after a series of fiscal crises. Only a quarter are following the issue very closely.

Feb. 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.

Feb. 7, 2013

A Portrait of Second Generation Americans

A new analysis of the 20 million adult U.S- born children of immigrants finds they are substantially better off than immigrants themselves on key measures of socioeconomic attainment.

U.S. Politics Feb. 6, 2013

Public Hearing Better News about Housing and Financial Markets

The good news about housing and financial markets is counterbalanced by persistently negative views of news about gas prices and prices for food and consumer goods.

Jan. 30, 2013

Middle-Aged Adults “Sandwiched” Between Aging Parents and Kids

Nearly half of middle-aged adults have an older parent and are supporting a child. And about one-in-seven are providing financial support to both an aging parent and a child.

Global Jan. 29, 2013

Viewpoint: Pakistan’s Economic Woes Are Being Overlooked

Pakistan is a country beset with political difficulties, but they could be of secondary importance to its economic woes.

U.S. Politics Jan. 22, 2013

Obama’s Second Term Goals and Public Opinion

President Obama on Monday laid out his second term priorities, naming a range of issues: the social safety net, entitlement programs, income inequality, climate change, gay rights and immigration reform. Here is what our surveys have found about public opinion on these topics.