Jun 12, 2014

How Pew Research conducted the polarization survey and launched a new research panel

Throughout its history, the Pew Research Center has periodically conducted major surveys that take an in-depth look at important trends in American political attitudes and behavior. Today we released one such survey on political polarization, which is arguably the defining feature of early 21st century American politics. This is reflected not only in the public’s […]

May 21, 2014

In honor of Fact Tank’s 1st birthday, a data quiz just for you

A year ago today, the Pew Research Center launched Fact Tank, our very own data blog. Why? Because even though Pew Research publishes lots of reports, we still have a lot of data that are relevant to the things people are talking about in the news, online and with their friends, and we wanted to be […]

Jan 16, 2014

The cost of giving birth varies widely

The median cost of an uncomplicated non-surgical delivery in California.

Dec 31, 2013

As 2014 brings new state laws, a look at public opinion on the issues

Every new year means adding thousands of new state laws to the books. This year’s wide range includes everything from tanning bed age limits (Illinois), to a new ban on selling shark fins (Delaware). While most new laws represent incremental change, sometimes state laws can also signal broader movement on a public policy issue or […]

Dec 31, 2013

New Year, new you?

More than four-in-ten Americans say they will make a New Year’s resolution.

Jun 6, 2013

In your words: Views of same-sex marriage, homosexuality

In several nationwide surveys the Pew Research Center conducted in 2013, we gave respondents the opportunity to give their thoughts about issues related to same-sex marriage and homosexuality.

May 22, 2013

Majority of Americans say immigration policy needs sweeping changes

Three-in-four Americans say they think the immigration system needs “major changes” or “to be completely rebuilt.”