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.
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.
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.
Young Voters Supported Obama Less, But May Have Mattered More
Barack Obama won 60% of the vote among those younger than 30, down from 66% in 2008, but his youth support may have been an even more important factor in his victory this year.
Record Shares of Young Adults Have Finished Both High School and College
In 2012, for the first time ever, one-third of the nation’s 25 to 29-year-olds have completed at least a bachelor’s degree. College completion is also now at record levels among key demographic groups.
How Teens Research In the Digital Age
Teachers participating in a Pew Internet study say the impact of today’s digital environment on their students’ research habits and skills is mostly positive, but not without drawbacks.
In Digital Age, Young Americans Keep Reading, In Print and e-Book Forms
More than eight-in-ten Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library.
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.
Older Americans Have Been Highly Resistant to Medicare Changes
Older Americans are wary of changes to Medicare than are younger people. They are more positive about the way the program operates, less apt to think that changes are needed and far less disposed towards Paul Ryan’s proposal to reshape Medicare.
Young People and Political Engagement
The Pew Research’s Center’s Paul Taylor answers questions about young people’s involvement in politics.