Fact Tank Dec. 12, 2014

For some, the satiric ‘Colbert Report’ is a trusted source of political news

Here are some key facts from about who has heard of, gets news from and trusts The Colbert Report as a source for political news.

Fact Tank Dec. 10, 2014

The New Republic and the state of niche news magazines

The data suggest that the New Republic have a tough road ahead, with single-copy newsstand sales falling in 2013 and 2014.

Fact Tank Nov. 20, 2014

About 1 in 5 victims of online harassment say it happened in the comments section

While social media sites were the most common place noted for online harassment in a recent Pew Research Center survey, about a fifth of internet users cited website comments sections as places where they had that experience.

Fact Tank Nov. 12, 2014

Facebook and Twitter as political forums: Two different dynamics

Social media users who are interested in politics have different experiences on Facebook and Twitter, with four-in-ten Twitter users saying that at least half of the posts that they see are political, compared with about a quarter of Facebook users who say the same.

Fact Tank Nov. 10, 2014

You don’t really have to know a news outlet to trust (or distrust) it

People have views about whether they trust a news organization, even if they haven’t recently spent time with it.

Fact Tank Oct. 31, 2014

Interest in midterms may be low, but local TV awash in political ad spending

Local TV has been receiving the largest portion of political media spending for at least a decade, but the share it consumes and the total dollars reaped continues to grow.

Fact Tank Oct. 30, 2014

Which news organization is the most trusted? The answer is complicated.

Using data from our latest media survey, we look at different ways to measure public trust of news organizations.

Fact Tank Oct. 24, 2014

19% say they get news from a source they distrust

A significant number of web-using adults get at least some of their news about government and politics from sources that they distrust – a concept that may seem puzzling.

Fact Tank Oct. 21, 2014

5 key takeaways on politics, media and polarization

Five key takeaways from our new report on political polarization and media habits.

Fact Tank Oct. 21, 2014

Q/A: How Pew Research analyzed America’s polarized media consumption habits

We asked Amy Mitchell, our Director of Journalism Research, to discuss how the new report on media polarization was put together.