The following reports represent the collaborative work of the staff of the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends project. The staff currently consists of: Paul Taylor, Kim Parker, Rakesh Kochhar, Mark Lopez, Jeffrey Passel, Richard Fry, Rich Morin, D’Vera Cohn, Gretchen Livingston, Wendy Wang, Daniel Dockterman, Gabriel Velasco and Mary Seaborn.
King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal; Many Americans See Racial Disparities
Five decades after Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., a new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that fewer than half (45%) of all Americans say the country has made substantial progress toward racial equality and about the same share (49%) say that “a lot more” remains to be done.
The New American Father
A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that Americans expect dad to be more of a moral teacher and emotional comforter than a breadwinner or disciplinarian.
A Survey of LGBT Americans
An overwhelming share of America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults (92%) say society has become more accepting of them in the past decade and an equal number expect it to grow even more accepting in the decade ahead. They attribute the changes to a variety of factors, from people knowing and interacting with […]
Asian Americans Dataset
Survey Details: Conducted Jun, 2012 File Release Date: 1 May 2013
Youth & Economy
Survey Details: Conducted Dec, 2011 File Release Date: 22 Feb 2013
Chapter 1: Overview Second-generation Americans—the 20 million adult U.S.-born children of immigrants—are substantially better off than immigrants themselves on key measures of socioeconomic attainment, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. They have higher incomes; more are college graduates and homeowners; and fewer live in poverty. In all of […]
General Public Survey on Veterans & Generational Change
Survey Details: Conducted Sep, 2011 File Release Date: 27 Nov 12
Survey Details: Conducted Jul-Sep, 2011 File Release Date: 27 Nov 12
Higher Achievements: U.S. High School and College Completion Rates Continue to Climb
Record shares of young adults are completing high school, going to college and finishing college. 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.
The Lost Decade of the Middle Class
Chapter 1: Overview As the 2012 presidential candidates prepare their closing arguments to America’s middle class, they are courting a group that has endured a lost decade for economic well-being. Since 2000, the middle class has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth, and shed some—but by no means all—of its characteristic faith […]