Pew Research CenterNovember 20, 2006

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.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 14, 2006

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.

Pew Research CenterAugust 30, 2006

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.

Pew Research CenterMay 30, 2006

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.

Pew Research CenterMay 2, 2006

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.

Pew Research CenterApril 18, 2006

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.

Pew Research CenterMarch 22, 2006

Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Public contentment with state of nation dips below 30%

Pew Research CenterDecember 8, 2005

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.

Pew Research CenterNovember 16, 2005

China’s Optimism

Since Deng Xiaoping first embraced economic reform in the late 1970s, China’s leaders have coupled continued strict political control with widespread free market reforms that have transformed the Chinese economy and created unprecedented growth.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 14, 2004

Americans and Canadians

The past year was a rocky period for U.S.-Canadian relations, with differences over Iraq and trade disputes dividing these North American neighbors. But there is no evidence that Americans and Canadians are destined to go their separate ways.