The year is almost over and it’s time for retrospectives. Pew Research Center has shared “18 striking findings.” We have a few of our own to share.
Here are a few of the striking findings by Pew during 2018:
The number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States has declined from its peak of 12.2 million in 2007.
The number of refugees resettled in the United States decreased more in 2017 than the rest of the world.
Younger Americans are better than their elders at separating fact from opinion.
A declining share of US Catholics say Pope Francis is doing a good job.
A majority of US teens fear a mass shooting at their school.
Almost 70 percent of Americans indicate they are worn out by the news. More Republicans say they are fatigued than Democrats.
Income inequality in America is greatest among Asians.
Bots on Twitter may be responsible for more link-sharing than human tweeters.
Almost 60 percent of women in the United States say they have been sexually harassed.
CFM has also been busy conducting research in 2018. Here are some of the findings we are able to share:
People in the Pacific Northwest are more optimistic about the way things are going than the rest of the country. Republicans are more pessimistic than Democrats.
Republicans and Democrats have significantly different opinions about key issues such as education and transportation. Opinions among Independents are closer to Republicans than Democrats.
People expect it will be decades before transportation issues are addressed adequately.
The share of people who rely on newspapers for information has declined by 50 percent during the past 10 years. Old-fashioned word of mouth and digital news outlets are now preferred sources.
Next to traffic congestion, one of the most commonly mentioned civic challenges is homelessness.
Hold onto your hat because 2019 appears like another storm approaching, with loads of opportunities to take the temperature of Americans around the country and in the Pacific Northwest.