A Rising Tide Lifts Mood in the Developing World
Even in some countries where incomes are still low and life is tough, people tend to be happier with their lives — if their economy is on the upswing. And, in Muslim countries, support for suicide bombing has declined sharply in recent years. Also, a commentary by Bruce Stokes analyzes factors contributing higher levels of happiness in many countries worldwide.
Most Americans Moderately Upbeat About Family Finances in 2007
Most Americans are moderately upbeat about their family’s financial prospects in the coming year, with 57% expecting some improvement in their financial situation and another 10% expecting a lot of improvement, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
America’s Optimists: More Republican, But Fewer of Them
Since 2000, people have become far more pessimistic and partisan in their views about the country’s future — and their own.
Americans See Less Progress on Their Ladder of Life
As economists and politicians debate whether there is less mobility in the U.S. now than in the past, a new Pew survey finds that many among the public are seeing less progress in their own lives.
American Work Life is Worsening, But Most Workers Still Content
Americans are generally satisfied with their own jobs but believe that wages, benefits, job security and employer loyalty have deteriorated over the past generation for most workers, a new survey finds.
The Optimistic Immigrant
Hispanics in general, and recent immigrants in particular, are more inclined than blacks or whites to take an upbeat view about one of the most enduring tenets of the American dream — that each generation will do better in life than the one that preceded it.
Once Again, The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be
Barely a third of today’s adults expect today’s children to grow up better off than people are now.
Eating More; Enjoying Less
Just 39% of adults say they enjoy eating “a great deal,” down from 48% in 1989 – with a bigger decline among those who consider themselves overweight than among those who consider themselves just about the right weight.
Can’t Get No Satisfaction
Public contentment with state of nation dips below 30%
Baby Boomers: From the Age of Aquarius to the Age of Responsibility
As the oldest of the nation’s 75 million baby boomers approach the age of 60, a Pew Research Center survey finds many are looking ahead to their own retirement while balancing a full plate of family responsibilities – either raising minor children or providing financial and other forms of support to adult children or to aging parents.