Fact Tank is Pew Research Center’s real-time platform dedicated to finding news in the numbers. Launched in mid-2013 to build on the center’s unique brand of data journalism, Fact Tank is written by experts who combine the rigorous research and quality storytelling for which the center is known to help readers understand the trends shaping the nation and the globe.

In today’s fast-moving world, it is more important than ever for data to provide context for the policy issues and major news events that have become part of the national conversation. To provide background that is both reliable and timely, Fact Tank draws on Pew Research Center’s own data as well as other reputable data sources on the topics of politics, religion, science, technology, media, economics, global trends, Hispanics and social trends.

We are rigorously nonpartisan and non-advocacy in our approach. Pew Research Center reports and our posts here on Fact Tank don’t take stands on issues, and we don’t make policy recommendations. Rather, our goal is to supply factual information that can be trusted by those on all sides of today’s partisan and policy divides to provide a foundation for informed debate.

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We hope you’ll find Fact Tank a valuable addition to your daily information diet.