By Richard Fry, Ruth Igielnik and Eileen Patten

The past five decades — spanning from the time when the Silent Generation (today, in their 70s and 80s) was entering adulthood to the adulthood of today’s Millennials — have seen large shifts in U.S. society and culture. It has been a…

77% of Americans go online on a daily basis, including 26% who go online almost constantly

By Andrew Perrin and Jingjing Jiang

As smartphones and other mobile devices have become more widespread, 26% of American adults now report that they go online “almost constantly,” up from 21% in 2015, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January 2018.

Overall, 77% of Americans go online…

By Kristen Bialik

President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday — a speech that millions of Americans will watch closely. Earlier this month, about three-in-ten (31%) said in a Pew Research Center survey that this year’s speech is “more important” than those in…

There are different ways to measure fertility, and each tells a different story about when fertility bottomed out

By Gretchen Livingston

U.S. fertility rates have reached another record low, at 62.0 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, according to the most recent government figures. …

17.3 million Americans work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, up from 9.7 million in 1990

By Nikki Graf, Richard Fry and Cary Funk

Employment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations has grown 79% since 1990, from 9.7 million to 17.3 million, outpacing overall U.S. job growth. …

Support for legalization has increased steadily over the past decade

By Abigail Geiger

Pew Research Center President Michael Dimock looks back at the events that defined 2017 and what public opinion can tell us about the important trends shaping American society.

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By Michael Dimock

In his first year as U.S. president, Donald Trump represented a clear break in style and substance from his predecessor, Barack Obama — and from many of the chief executives who came before them. …

From earning less than male counterparts for doing the same job to being passed over for important assignments

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By Kim Parker and Cary Funk

About four-in-ten working women (42%) in the United States say they have faced discrimination on the job because of their gender. …

Freedom of choice, family widely viewed as essential elements of American dream

Despite persistently low levels of public satisfaction with the state of the nation, most Americans say they have achieved the “American dream” or are on their way to achieving it. Only about one-in-five (17%) say the American dream is “out of reach” for their family.

The American dream means different…

32% of Americans now take a roughly equal number of conservative and liberal positions, down from 49% in 2004

By Jocelyn Kiley

In political values ranging from views of government and the social safety net to opinions about immigrants, race and homosexuality, Americans are less likely than in the past to hold a mix of conservative and liberal views. At the same time, ideological consistency — the shares of…

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