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Independence, objectivity, accuracy, rigor, humility, transparency and innovation are indispensable to the mission and success of Pew Research Center. To promote and preserve these values, the Center’s code of ethics includes the following policies:
Conflicts of interest
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Integrity of research
To ensure that the information we generate is of the greatest value to citizens and policymakers, the Center is committed to conducting research in a manner that is impartial, open-minded and meets the highest standards of methodological integrity. We employ only those tools and methods of analysis that, in our professional judgment, are well suited to the research question at hand. We describe our findings and methods accurately and in sufficient detail to permit outsiders to evaluate the credibility of our results. We encourage inquiries about our research methods and practices, and attempt to answer requests for information promptly.
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