Pew Research CenterNovember 2, 2009

End of Communism Cheered But Now With More Reservations

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, publics of former Iron Curtain countries generally look back approvingly at the collapse of communism. However, enthusiasm about these changes has dimmed in most of the countries surveyed, and many say that most people were better off under communism.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 17, 2009

Take this Job and Love It

The self-employed are far more satisfied with their jobs and more likely to work because they want to and not for a paycheck. But if you decide to strike out on your own, don’t count on financial security.

Pew Research CenterJune 29, 2009

Growing Old in America: Expectations vs. Reality

Getting old isn’t nearly as bad as people think it will be. Nor is it quite as good. A new Pew Research social trends survey finds a sizeable gap between expectations and actual experiences.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 18, 2008

Hispanics See Their Situation in U.S. Deteriorating

Increasingly widespread pessimism among Hispanics, as well as their strong opposition to federal enforcement policies, could well have consequences in the political arena.

Pew Research CenterJune 25, 2008

Baby Boomers: The Gloomiest Generation

Today, in their early 40s to early 60s, boomers are more prosperous than any other age group. Their tastes still rule the world. Yet this privileged and pampered generation is the most downbeat in America.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 17, 2008

Italy’s Malaise: La Vita Non É Cosí Dolce

Taken aback by critical depictions of their country’s “collective funk,” Italians’ spirits are flagging — but not their sense of cultural superiority.

Pew Research CenterDecember 13, 2007

Health Problems, Priorities and Donors Worldwide

A new survey compares the health priorities of people in developing nations with those of their governments and the international organizations that work in global health.

Pew Research CenterDecember 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 CenterJuly 24, 2007

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.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 4, 2007

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.