Looking for a new religious congregation is common in the U.S. But how likely Americans are to look for a new church varies by their education and income levels.
Around six-in-ten U.S. adults say the nation’s economic system unfairly favors powerful interests, though partisans are divided. Partisan differences extend to beliefs about why people are rich or poor.
A Pew Research Center analysis of government data shows that after more than four decades of serving as the nation's economic majority, the U.S. middle class is now matched in size by those in the economic tiers above and below it.
About half of American adults lived in middle-income households in 2016. Find out which income group you're in with our newly updated calculator.
While the size of the U.S. middle class remained relatively stable between 2002 and 2016, financial gains for middle-income Americans were modest compared with those of higher-income households.
Majorities of Americans say the federal government does not provide enough help for older people (65%), poor people (62%) and the middle class (61%). By contrast, nearly two-thirds (64%) say the government provides too much help for wealthy people.
The official poverty rate last year was close to its pre-Great Recession level, but the share of the U.S. poor in severe poverty increased.
Both political parties’ favorability ratings are more negative than positive and fewer than half say either party has high ethical standards.
The American middle class is smaller than middle classes across Western Europe, but its income is higher.
The European Union, Norway and Switzerland received nearly 66,000 asylum applications from unaccompanied minor migrants (those younger than 18 applying without a parent or guardian) in 2016, a decline of nearly 40% from 2015’s record total but still well above the total of prior years, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of data from Eurostat, the EU’s statistical agency.