September 27, 2017

Many poll respondents guess wrong on their interviewer’s race or ethnicity

Establishing the interviewer’s perceived race or ethnicity is essential to understanding how it might affect the respondent’s answers to survey questions.

Pew Research CenterAugust 21, 2017

Highly ideological members of Congress have more Facebook followers than moderates do

In both legislative chambers, members’ ideology is a strong predictor of the number of people who follow them on Facebook.

MethodsAugust 16, 2017

How Pew Research Center surveyed 1,000 U.S. Muslims

In a short video, Pew Research Center researchers explain how they produced the Center’s wide-ranging new survey of 1,001 American Muslims.

MethodsAugust 4, 2017

Personal finance questions elicit slightly different answers in phone surveys than online

People polled by telephone are slightly less likely than those interviewed online to say their personal finances are in “poor shape.”

Media & NewsJune 20, 2017

Few mode effects found when Americans are asked about their news consumption habits

A new analysis sheds light on concerns raised among pollsters that the medium by which a survey question is asked – its mode – can affect responses.

Pew Research CenterJune 16, 2017

Q&A: Pew Research Center’s president on key issues in U.S. polling

Read a Q&A with Michael Dimock, president of Pew Research Center, on recent developments in public opinion polling and what lies ahead.

MethodsMay 12, 2017

How can a survey of 1,000 people tell you what the whole U.S. thinks?

The first video in our “Methods 101” series is about random sampling, a concept that undergirds all probability-based survey research. Here’s how it works.

Pew Research CenterMay 4, 2017

Q&A: Political polls and the 2016 election

Courtney Kennedy of Pew Research Center, who chaired survey researchers organization AAPOR’s task force on political polling in the 2016 U.S. elections, discuss the group’s findings and recommendations.

Pew Research CenterApril 27, 2017

Q&A: Using Google search data to study public interest in the Flint water crisis

Read an interview with Director of Journalism Research Amy Mitchell, who helped author the study.

MethodsFebruary 23, 2017

Q&A with Solomon Messing of Pew Research Center’s Data Labs

A conversation with the director of the Center’s Data Labs team on their new report on congressional communications and the uses and misuses of “big data.”