Generation Gap Influences Views on Budget Tradeoffs
The record generation gap evident in the last two presidential elections is echoed by large differences by age in attitudes about the tradeoff between reducing the federal deficit and preserving entitlements for older adults.
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.
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.
Teens’ Tech Habits
Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One-in-four teens now mostly go online using their phone.
Same-Sex Marriage: Changing Minds, New Demographics
While much of the shift in support for gay marriage is due to the Millennial generation, equally important is that 14% of Americans — and 28% of gay marriage supporters — have changed their minds.
Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana
For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favors legalizing the use of marijuana.
Marijuana: Changing Attitudes
Highlights from the report, “Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana.”
Young adults: Less trusting in general, but with exceptions
Young adults are less trusting in general but more willing to trust at least some government officials and agencies. Overall, the United States is one of the more trusting societies in the world.
Young Americans and privacy: ’It’s complicated’
Despite their “share everything” image, privacy still matters for young American adults. But they distinguish between information they voluntarily share on social-networking sites and systematic monitoring by government agencies of telephone and internet traffic. In response to revelations last week that the NSA is conducting such surveillance of Americans, government officials told Congress this week that […]
A generational gap in American patriotism
Compared to other generations, a smaller percentage of Millennials say the U.S. is the greatest country in the world.