Testimony of Paul Taylor, Executive Vice President, Pew Research Center to the Senate Finance Committee
Comments on a report that combines findings of one of our major national public opinion surveys with the Center’s analysis of four decades of demographic and economic trends from the Census Bureau and other sources.
Public Has Split Verdict on Increased Level of Unmarried Motherhood
There is a stronger consensus in public opinion about the social cost of out-of-wedlock births than there is about the morality of these births.
Most Like It Hot
By nearly two-to-one, the public says it prefers a hotter place to live over one with a colder climate. No surprise, then, that San Diego, Tampa and Orlando rank at the top of places to live for those who favor a balmy climate.
Magnet or Sticky?: A State-by-State Typology
“Magnet” states are those in which a high share of the adults who live there now moved there from some other state. “Sticky” states are those in which a high share of the adults who were born there live there now.
Suburbs Not Most Popular, But Suburbanites Most Content
Suburbanites are significantly more satisfied with their communities than are residents of cities, small towns or rural areas, but that doesn’t mean Americans want to live there.
Even as Housing Values Sink, There’s Comfort in Homeownership
Not even a housing-led recession can shake Americans’ faith in the blessings of homeownership.
McDonald’s and Starbucks: 43% Yin, 35% Yang
In the smackdown between Big Macs and caffe lattes, Americans manage to typecast themselves by just about every demographic and ideological characteristic under the sun.
For Nearly Half of America, Grass Is Greener Somewhere Else; Denver Tops List of Favorite Cities
Nearly half of the public would rather live in a different type of community from the one they’re living in now — a sentiment that is most prevalent among city dwellers.
Who Moves? Who Stays Put? Where’s Home?
Most Americans have moved to a new community at least once in their lives, although a notable number — nearly four-in-ten — have never left the place in which they were born.
Americans Say They Like Diverse Communities; Election, Census Trends Suggest Otherwise
Despite pro-diversity attitudes expressed in a Pew survey, American communities appear to have grown more politically and economically homogenous in recent decades.