National Minority Broadband Adoption: Comparative Trends in Adoption, Acceptance, and Use

Between December 2009 and January 2010, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies conducted a study of 2,741 respondents, oversampling African Americans and Hispanics, to understand national minority broadband adoption trends, and examine broadband adoption and use between and within minority groups. This report addresses the experiences of minority consumers of wireline and mobile broadband services and provides insights into some of the factors affecting the decisions of minorities who have adopted broadband.

Comission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change

Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav highlighted the vulnerability of the African American community to the types of extreme weather events that the scientific community believes will be exacerbated by gloabal climate change.

Pregnancy and Childbirth


Summary: Both pregnancy and childbirth rates declined dramatically for African American females during the 1990s. Despite these declines, they remain more likely than their white or Latina counterparts to report having been pregnant. However, black female teens were less likely to report childbirth than Latina teens in 2000

Wilhelmina A. Leigh PhD and
Julia L. Andrews

A Way Out: Creating Partners for Our Nation's Prosperity by Expanding Life Paths of Young Men of Color

During the past twenty-five years, a series of public policies have had a negative impact upon young men from communities of color.

Opinion of African Americans on Climate Change and 2010 Midterm Elections: The Results of a Multi-State Poll

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Joint Center) has long been a leading authority on trends related to the opinions and voting preferences of the nation’s black electorate.  Two years ago, when the Joint Center launched its Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change, we undertook a major poll of African Americans’ opinions on the issue of climate change, in which we found that more than half of black voters believe it to be a serious problem that the nation must address.  Last year, our second comprehensive survey of African Am

African American Perspectives on the Social Security System - 1998 and 2009

African Americans are more likely than whites to expect that Social Security will be their major source of income during retirement. This was true in both 1998 (35 percent of African Americans versus 17 percent of whites) and 2009 (37 percent of African Americans versus 27 percent of whites). African Americans also are more likely than whites to support the Social Security system as currently structured and to believe that the system should continue to provide the same type and level of benefits.