Public Opinion

The Pew Research Center conducts public opinion research that helps inform national dialogues on a wide range of topics.  Its polls assess Americans’ attitudes on domestic policy, economics, elections, foreign policy, the news media, computer technology, religion and social trends. Its projects also cover global public opinion and the status and views of Latinos in the United States.

The center’s reports offer a wealth of data about how people live and what they think, and are widely cited by policy makers, journalists and researchers as well as advocates from across the political spectrum.

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The Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of Pew and is based in Washington, D.C. As a non-advocacy organization, the center does not take positions on issues.

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  • Digital Life in 2025

    Mar 11, 2014 - This report is the latest research report in a sustained effort throughout 2014 by the Pew Research Center to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

  • Chart of the Week: Inflation and Unemployment Through the Decades

    Nov 15, 2013 - The Federal Reserve Act gives the nation’s central bank two main tasks: maximize employment and maintain long-term price stability. While both are worthy goals, economists have known for a while that achieving both low inflation and maximum employment simultaneously is, at best, difficult (the relationship is a lot more complicated than the simple tradeoff often cited in the media).

  • The Disappearing Male Worker

    Sep 03, 2013 - Male labor force participation rates in the United States have been in steady decline since at least 1950 while women’s labor market participation steadily rose before leveling off about a decade ago. Two recent analyses of U.S. Census data document this trend and offer some unexpected reasons why this shift is occurring.

  • Who uses the iPhone?

    Jun 29, 2013 - The iPhone is, along with Google’s Android, one of the two dominant smartphone platforms in the United States. As of May 2013, according to a recent Pew Research Center report on smartphone ownership, 25% of all U.S. cellphone owners– and 43% of smartphone owners — own an iPhone, a few percentage points behind Android. Other smartphone platforms — Microsoft’s Windows Phone, the fading BlackBerry, the handful of Palms still in use — are far behind.

  • 5 Facts About Tumblr

    May 20, 2013 - Yahoo! today confirmed that it’s buying 6-year-old blogging service Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash. Who uses Tumblr? We consulted the recent report on social-media demographics from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project to find out.

  • Cell Phone Use: It's More Than About Just Making Calls

    Nov 25, 2012 - Fully 85% of American adults own a cell phone, and the devices have become a portal for an ever-growing list of activities. Taking photos and texting top the list.

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