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Political Independents

Political Independents

Independents often are portrayed as political free agents with the potential to alleviate the nation’s partisan divisions. The reality is that most independents are not all that “independent” politically. An overwhelming majority of independents (81%) continue to “lean” toward either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. Among the public overall, 17% are Democratic-leaning independents, while 13% lean toward the Republican Party.

Young Adulthood Today

Young Adulthood Today

Over the past 50 years – from the Silent Generation’s young adulthood to that of Millennials today – the United States has undergone various cultural and societal shifts. Now that the youngest Millennials are in their 20s, Pew Research Center has done a comprehensive update of their prior demographic work on generations. Millennials are better educated – a factor tied to employment and financial well-being – but there is a sharp divide between the economic fortunes of those who have a college education and those who don’t.

College Admissions in America

College Admissions in America

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that most Americans (73%) say colleges and universities should not consider race or ethnicity when making decisions about student admissions. Just 7% say race should be a major factor in college admissions, while 19% say it should be a minor factor. While majorities across racial and ethnic groups agree that race should not be a factor in college admissions, white adults are particularly likely to hold this view: 78% say this, compared with 65% of Hispanics, 62% of blacks and 59% of Asians.

Actionable Intelligence in Performance Analytics

Actionable Intelligence in Performance Analytics

All the data in the world will not lead to business growth if you can not mine it successfully for insights. What that takes is smart data analysis — and the right approach and tools to carry it off. To succeed in today’s challenging and competitive environment, marketers must break down the silos across departments, teams, and channels to consolidate data and see a unified view of the audience. By bringing data together, businesses are better able to understand and respond to their audience needs — and that leads to growth.

The Role and Meaning of Algorithms

The Role and Meaning of Algorithms

Algorithms are all around us, using stores of data and complex analytics to make decisions with often significant impacts on humans – from choosing the content people see on social media to judging whether a person is a good credit risk or job candidate. Here are some of the key findings from recent research by the Pew Research Center.

Podcast: Innovation, Insights, and Connections

Podcast: Innovation, Insights, and Connections

In this episode of the YANSS Podcast, David McRaney sits down with legendary science historian James Burke. In Connections, he offered an “alternate view of history” in which great insights took place because of anomalies and mistakes, because people were pursuing one thing, but it lead somewhere surprising or was combined with some other object or idea they could never have imagined by themselves. Innovation took place in the spaces between disciplines, when people outside of intellectual and professional silos, unrestrained by categorical and linear views, synthesized the work of people still trapped in those institutions, who, because of those institutions, had no idea what each other was up to and therefore couldn’t predict the trajectory of even their own disciplines, much less history itself.