Pew Research expert's responses to frequently asked questions on polling and data

Pew Research Center Feb. 7, 2011

To what degree does my having only a cell phone restrict my availability for surveys?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Religion Jan. 31, 2011

Isn’t your religion quiz wrong about when the Sabbath begins?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Pew Research Center Jan. 24, 2011

Your online news quiz says defense is the biggest item in the budget. That right?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Pew Research Center Jan. 18, 2011

How can I tell if an “average” is a mean or a median?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Pew Research Center Dec. 29, 2010

How accurate are online polls?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Pew Research Center Dec. 29, 2010

How accurate are the statistics derived from Pew Research polls?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Pew Research Center Dec. 21, 2010

How many people would say that they believed in God if they were able to answer with complete anonymity?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Pew Research Center Dec. 9, 2010

What kind of response do you get to mail versus phone versus e-mail polling?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Pew Research Center Dec. 6, 2010

Should I take polls about the 2012 election seriously two years before the election?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Pew Research Center Oct. 19, 2010

I’m BOTH Jewish and an atheist. How would you classify me in your reports?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.