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.
A majority of Americans, both Democrat and Republican, have received government benefits from one of the six best-known federal entitlement programs.
The Census Bureau’s new national population projections released this week forecast markedly lower growth for the nation in the coming decades—especially from immigration—than the last official projection in 2008.
Even with the decline, foreign-born women, who make up 17% of all women of childbearing age in the United States, continue to account for a disproportionate share of U.S. births, 23% in 2010.
In 2011, 4.2 million adults were newly married, about the same number as in 2010 and sharply lower than the 4.5 million newlyweds estimated in 2008.
The minority groups that carried President Obama to victory yesterday by giving him 80% of their votes are on track to become a majority of the nation's population by 2050. They currently make up 37% of the population, and they cast a record 28% of the votes in the 2012 presidential election.
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.
Despite a slowly improving economy, about four-in-ten adults (38%) say they are not confident that they will have enough income and assets for their retirement, up from 25% at the end of the Great Recession in 2009.
Tests show that if Americans were not required by law to respond to census surveys response rates would drop significantly and the cost of obtaining reliable data would rise considerably.
Student debt has increased in nearly every demographic and economic category since 2007, as has the size of that debt. The burden of student debt is greatest for the young and the poor.