Jun. 13, 2013

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 someone […]

Aug. 9, 2012

Census Bureau Pursues New Questions on Race and Hispanic Origin

This posting includes links to newly released Census Bureau research on how Americans should be asked about their race and ethnicity. It links to a previous posting that explains the background behind this ground-breaking research.

Aug. 7, 2012

Census Bureau Considers Changing Its Race/Hispanic Questions

The race and Hispanic origin categories on the 2010 Census form (and many other government forms) do not always match people’s self-identification, and this is especially true for Hispanics. The Census Bureau will present results of research on alternative questionnaire designs and wording that attempts to address the issue.

Apr. 4, 2012

Hispanic? Latino? Or…?

A new Pew Hispanic Center survey includes findings on how U.S. Latinos prefer to describe themselves, as well as their views on race, shared culture, language use, the immigrant experience and other topics. A central finding is that slightly more than half prefer to describe themselves by their family’s country of origin, while only a minority use the words “Hispanic” or “Latino.”

Jul. 13, 2010

Former Census Director: Rewrite Race Question

Many Americans were puzzled or irritated by the questions about race and Hispanic ethnicity on the 2010 Census form.

Jan. 25, 2010

Racial Labeling in Survey Questions

Over the past seven decades, America’s pollsters have used “colored,” “Negro,” “African American,” “Afro-American” and “black” in questions in national surveys.

Jan. 21, 2010

Race and the Census: The "Negro" Controversy

The topic of racial identification on census forms has a long, fascinating history, which has generated fresh debate as the 2010 Census begins.

Jan. 31, 2008

Do Blacks and Hispanics Get Along?

While blacks and Hispanics hold broadly favorable views of each other, Hispanics are less likely to say the two groups get along well. At the same time, African Americans are far more likely than Latinos to say blacks are frequently the victims of racial discrimination.