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Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak - Public Unaware

May 7, 2013

National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data. Beneath the long-term trend, though, are big differences by decade: Violence plunged through the 1990s, but has declined less dramatically since 2000.Despite national attention to the issue of firearm violence, most Americans are unaware that gun crime is lower today than it was two decades ago. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, today 56% of Americans believe gun crime is higher than 20 years ago and only 12% think it is lower.This report examines trends in firearm homicide, non-fatal violent gun crime victimization and non-fatal violent crime victimization overall since 1993. Its findings on firearm crime are based mainly on analysis of data from two federal agencies. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using information from death certificates, are the source of rates, counts and trends for all firearm deaths, homicide and suicide, unless otherwise specified. The Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey, a household survey conducted by the Census Bureau, supplies annual estimates of non-fatal crime victimization, including those where firearms are used, regardless of whether the crimes were reported to police. Where relevant, this report also quotes from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports.

Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to Water Resources Management in Africa

January 1, 2012

The national governments of 40 African countries participated in the survey that is the impetus of this report. Circulated by UN-WATER, the questionnaire asked about their progress and constraints in implementing integrated water resource management (IWRM) goals, as established in Africa Water Vision 2025. Progress in improving legal and regulatory frameworks, governance and institutions, management, infrastructure, financing, and monitoring vary widely among sub regions and countries. Overall, about half of the countries reported encouraging progress towards the stated goals.

Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to Water Resources Management 2012

January 1, 2012

UN-Water produced a status report regarding the progress of water resources management in several countries as well as possible outcomes and impacts of integrated approaches. It is also based on a 2011 UN-Water survey sent to the governments of all UN member states and a series of complementary interviews in 30 representative countries.

For Many Injured Veterans, A Lifetime of Consequences

November 8, 2011

One out of every ten veterans alive today was seriously injured at some point while serving in the military, and three-quarters of those injuries occurred in combat. For many of these 2.2 million wounded warriors, the physical and emotional consequences of their wounds have endured long after they left the military, according to a Pew research Center survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,853 veterans conducted from July 18 to Sept. 4, 2011.Veterans who suffered major service-related injuries are more than twice as likely as their more fortunate comrades to say they had difficulties readjusting to civilian life. They are almost three times as likely as other veterans to report they have suffered from post-traumatic stress (PTS). And they are less likely in later life to be in overall good health or to hold full-time jobs.

The Rising Age Gap in Economic Well-Being

November 7, 2011

Compares changes in median net worth of households between 1984 and 2009 by age of head of household. Examines contributing factors, including the housing market bubble, the 2007-09 recession's effect on employment, and longer-term demographic trends.

Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between Whites, Blacks and Hispanics

July 26, 2011

Analyzes 2005-09 trends in household wealth, net worth, and asset ownership by type of asset, geography, and race/ethnicity. Examines long-term trends in wealth ratios by race/ethnicity since 1984, wealth gaps within groups, and contributing factors.

Living Together: The Economics of Cohabitation

June 27, 2011

Analyzes trends among unmarried couples ages 30 to 44 living together by education. Compares median household income, poverty rate, composition of household income, and number of children with those of married couples and those without partners.

The Public Renders a Split Verdict on Changes in Family Structure

February 16, 2011

Analyzes views on family and increases in unmarried or gay and lesbian couples and single women raising children, unmarried couples living together, mothers of young children working outside the home, interracial marriages; and women not having children.

The 2010 Congressional Reapportionment and Latinos

January 5, 2011

Explores how the large share of Latino/Hispanic voters in states that gained congressional seats and Electoral College votes as a result of the 2010 census, as well as Latino/Hispanic population growth, could affect their role in national politics.

National Latino Leader? The Job is Open

November 15, 2010

Presents results of a survey of Latinos/Hispanics on whom they consider "the most important Latino leader in the country today," as well as their familiarity with prominent Latinos, by nativity and language.

Illegal Immigration Backlash Worries, Divides Latinos

October 28, 2010

Compares survey responses of Latinos/Hispanics with those of the general population and by nativity on topics such as immigration policy, illegal immigrants' impact on other Latinos/Hispanics, and political solidarity between the native- and foreign-born.

Unauthorized Immigrants and Their U.S.-Born Children

August 11, 2010

Analyzes data on the number, age distribution, fertility, and family structure of legal and unauthorized immigrants and the percentage of their children among all U.S. children and of the U.S.-born and foreign-born among their children.