Informing the Public

  • March 20, 2017

Migrants in Sonora

Migrants wait to receive flood in Sonora, a Mexican state that borders the U.S. Hundreds of Central American and Mexican migrants attempt to cross into the United States every day. (Alfredo Estrella/Getty Images)

Recent reports focus on unauthorized immigration

In September and October, the Pew Research Center published two reports on unauthorized immigration in the United States. The first examined national and state-level trends, finding that the U.S. immigrant population—11.1 million in 2014—has stabilized since the end of the Great Recession; numbers from Mexico declined while the total from other countries increased. The second report found that 8 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. were working or looking for work in 2014, which is 5 percent of the civilian labor force.

Pew Research Center examines state of American jobs

In October, the Pew Research Center published a report examining trends in the labor market and how they play out in the lives of American workers. It found that employment opportunities increasingly lie in jobs requiring higher-level social or analytical skills, and the vast majority of U.S. workers say that new skills and training may hold the key to their future job success. Center experts discussed the findings on CNBC’s “Nightly Business Report,” ABC Radio, and CBS Radio, and the report received additional coverage in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, NBC News, Bloomberg, CNN Money, MarketWatch, CNBC, CBS MoneyWatch, and Politico, among others. Before the release, center experts presented findings at the White House.

Africans optimistic despite corruption

In November, the Pew Research Center published a report examining attitudes in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. It found widespread discontent with corruption, but also optimism about the future. The report received widespread domestic and international media coverage in the BBC, FiveThirtyEight, Quartz, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, the Mail & Guardian (South Africa), The Star (Kenya), and Nigeria Today, among other outlets. After the report’s release, center experts gave 17 presentations in the three countries, and former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga cited the findings in commentary for Citizen TV in Kenya.

Study reveals polarized views about climate issues

The Pew Research Center published a report in October examining the political divides in the U.S. public’s views of climate change and trust in climate scientists. It found that liberal Democrats are especially likely to view scientists and their research in a positive light, while conservative Republicans are considerably more skeptical of climate scientists’ findings. Additionally, 79 percent of liberal Democrats say the Earth is warming mostly due to human activity, compared with 15 percent of conservative Republicans. The report is the first of three on how the public views science and scientists in areas that connect with American daily life.

Report gauges Chinese public opinion

In October, the Pew Research Center published a report examining public opinion in China on key national issues, finding that 75 percent say the superpower is playing a more important role in world affairs than it did 10 years ago. The public names U.S. power and influence as the top international threat facing the country. The report was covered widely domestically and internationally by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, BBC, Foreign Policy, Time, Bloomberg, and the South China Morning Post, among others.