Pew Research Center staffer George Gao reports on the some of the most interesting findings of 2015, like the state of the middle class and the number of people who identify with an organized religion.
The number one finding on the list is that only 19% of Americans say they can trust the federal government always or most of the time — among the lowest levels in over 50 years.
Research also indicates that the middle class is shrinking. After more than four decades of serving as the nation’s economic majority, the U.S. middle class is now matched in size by those in the economic tiers above and below it.
Moreover, the number of religious practitioners in the country is changing. Christians are declining as a share of the U.S. population, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing.