Fact Tank Sep. 15, 2015

The race gap in science knowledge

When asked a series of 12 science-related questions, whites, on average, fared better than blacks or Hispanics. What’s behind this knowledge gap?

Fact Tank Sep. 14, 2015

A closer look at Catholic America

The face of Catholic America is changing. Today, immigrants make up a considerable share of Catholics, and many are Hispanic. At the same time, there has been a regional shift, from the Northeast (long home to a large percentage of the Catholic faithful) and Midwest to the Western and Southern parts of the U.S.

Sep. 13, 2015

5 facts about American grandparents

More and more Americans are living long enough to become grandparents. For Grandparents Day, here are some key facts about them.

Fact Tank Sep. 11, 2015

Number of babies born in U.S. to unauthorized immigrants declines

About 295,000 babies were born to unauthorized-immigrant parents in 2013, making up 8% of the 3.9 million U.S. births that year. This was down from a peak of 370,000 in 2007.

Sep. 1, 2015

Businesses owned by women, minorities lag in revenue share

The number of businesses owned by women and minorities has grown considerably in recent years, particularly in certain industries, but based on revenue they remain on average considerably smaller than white- or male-owned firms.

Fact Tank Aug. 27, 2015

Remembering Katrina: Wide racial divide over government’s response

Ten years ago this weekend, Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,000 people. From the start, the tragedy had a powerful racial component – images of poor, mostly black New Orleans residents stranded on rooftops and crowded amid fetid conditions in what was then the Louisiana Superdome.

Aug. 19, 2015

Exploring Racial Bias Among Biracial and Single-Race Adults: The IAT

To overcome the obstacles of measuring racial attitudes, Pew Research Center conducted an Implicit Association Test (IAT), a technique that psychologists say measures subconscious or “hidden” bias by tracking how quickly individuals associate good and bad words with specific racial groups.

Aug. 10, 2015

5 facts about America’s students

Today’s American students are more diverse, and on track to be better educated, than their parents and grandparents.

U.S. Politics Aug. 5, 2015

Across Racial Lines, More Say Nation Needs to Make Changes to Achieve Racial Equality

Over the past year, there has been a substantial rise in the share of Americans — across racial and ethnic groups — who say the country needs to continue making changes to give blacks equal rights with whites.

Fact Tank Aug. 4, 2015

In the news industry, diversity is lowest at smaller outlets

Minorities are still underrepresented at U.S. news organizations, especially when it comes to the places that would-be journalists traditionally try to break into the business: smaller local TV and newspaper outlets.