The Best of Pew Research Center
20+ most popular Pew Research Center articles, as voted by our community.
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Pew Research Center on Cannabis
Two-thirds of Americans support marijuana legalization
Two-thirds of Americans say marijuana use should be legal, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade.
Pew Research Center on Fatherhood
7 facts about American dads
Fatherhood in America is changing. Ahead of Father's Day, read key findings about dads in the United States.
Pew Research Center on Gadgets
10 tech-related trends that shaped the decade
The tech landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade, both in the United States and around the world.
Pew Research Center on LGBTQIA
Where Europe stands on gay marriage and civil unions
Majorities of adults in all 15 countries in Western Europe surveyed by Pew Research Center in 2017 support same-sex marriage.
Pew Research Center on Millennials
Defining generations: Where Millennials end and Generation Z begins
Pew Research Center now uses 1996 as the last birth year for Millennials in our work. President Michael Dimock explains why.
Millennials overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation
Millennials now number 75.4 million, surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers.
Pew Research Center on Religion
Europe experienced a surge in government restrictions on religious activity over the last decade
In addition to government actions, there also was a dramatic increase in Europe in some measures of social hostility to religion.
U.S. Religious Knowledge Quiz
How much do you know about religion? And how do you compare with the average American? Here’s your chance to find out.
Pew Research Center on Republicans
The polarization in today’s Congress has roots that go back decades
On average, Democrats and Republicans are farther apart ideologically today than at any time in the past 50 years.
Partisan divides in media trust widen, driven by a decline among Republicans
In just five years, the percentage of Republicans with at least some trust in national news organizations has been cut in half.
Pew Research Center on Society
What Makes Life Meaningful? Views From 17 Advanced Economies
Family is preeminent for most publics but work, material well-being and health also play a key role.
«posed an open-ended question about the meaning of life to nearly 19,000 adults across 17 advanced economies.»
Is Belief in God Necessary for Good Values? Global Survey on Religion and Morality
A median of 45% across 34 surveyed countries say it is necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values. However, public opinion on this question, as well as the role of God, prayer and…
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The Metaverse in 2040
Experts are split about the likely evolution of a truly immersive “metaverse.” They expect that augmented- and mixed-reality enhancements will become more useful in people’s daily lives. Many worry…
Teens, Social Media and Technology 2022
The landscape of social media is ever-changing, especially among teens who often are on the leading edge of this space. A new survey of American teenagers ages 13 to 17 finds that TikTok has…
Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age
Algorithms can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. But experts worry about governmental and corporate control of the data, and how algorithms can produce biased results and worsen digital divides.
How America Changed During Trump’s Presidency
Donald Trump's four-year tenure in the White House revealed extraordinary fissures in American society but left little doubt that he is a figure unlike any other in the nation’s history.
20 striking findings from 2020
As 2020 draws to a close, here are 20 striking findings from our studies, covering notable trends that emerged during the year.
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Pew Research Center on Social Media
Social Media Use in 2021
A majority of Americans say they use YouTube and Facebook, while use of Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok is especially common among adults under 30.
More Americans are getting news on TikTok, bucking the trend on other social media sites
The share of U.S. adults who say they regularly get news from TikTok has roughly tripled from 3% in 2020 to 10% in 2022.