May 21, 2013

Introducing Fact Tank

Welcome to Fact Tank, a new, real-time platform from the Pew Research Center, dedicated to finding news in the numbers.

Fact Tank will build on the Pew Research Center’s unique brand of data journalism. For years, our teams of writers and social scientists have combined rigorous research with high-quality storytelling to provide important information on issues and trends shaping the nation and the world.

Fact Tank will allow us to provide that sort of information at a faster pace, in an attempt to provide you with the information you need when you need it. We’ll fill the gap between major surveys and reports with shorter pieces using our data to give context to the news of the day. And we’ll scour other data sources, bringing you important insights on politics, religion, technology, media, economics and social trends.

As always, we aim to be rigorously nonpartisan in our approach. Unlike other think tanks, Pew Research doesn’t take stands on issues and we won’t be making policy recommendations or staking out issue positions on Fact Tank. Our goal is to provide factual information that can be trusted by those on both sides of today’s partisan and policy divides, and to provide a foundation for informed debate.

We also invite your feedback. Feel free to comment on our posts. We’ll review your comments for appropriateness, and post them as quickly as possible. You can also follow and respond to our work on Twitter, by following @FactTank.  You can also email us at

We hope you’ll find Fact Tank a valuable addition to your daily information diet.

  1. Photo of Alan Murray

    is President of the Pew Research Center.


  1. Jack3 years ago

    Why not?

  2. Jack3 years ago

    How many of the people surveyed were ever out of the country(USA)? On what were their answers based? Are they aware of the differences in other countries, such as: electricity, healthcare, potable water, travel and the other things they TAKE FOR GRANTED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

  3. Brian B4 years ago

    Is there a full-text RSS feed for Fact Tank?

    1. Andrea Caumont4 years ago

      Hi Brian, yes there is a full-text RSS feed. You can find it here:

      Thanks for reading!

  4. Robert Kinsella4 years ago

    I look forward to getting some clean, quick and honest data. There are a lot of changes coming at us and managing information will be key to any success!

  5. RickB4 years ago

    Fact Tank has interesting potential in a world of big data and emergent information. I look forward to seeing how data + context is crafted into factual information without exacerbating the tendency (among us consumers) to conflate “facts” and “truth”.

  6. afterallthat4 years ago

    In this age of cynicism, and for many, hopelessness, I can only hope that real unvarnished facts will be the quest of many through your new Fact Tank.

  7. Merrily Fantus4 years ago

    Congrats. It will be refreshing to have a sight with truth in facts. So much is going on in politics that it gives those of us who care and follow it, massive headaches!

  8. Susan4 years ago

    Great idea, very useful for me in several ways. Is there any way to get it in a regular email feed, on its own?

    1. Andrea Caumont4 years ago

      Hi Susan, you can get a full-text RSS feed here:

      And you can sign up for the Pew Research Center email newsletter (once a week on Thursdays) here:

  9. Dave Wiltsee4 years ago

    Fact Tank is a great idea. As one involved in many aspects of Senior/Elderly policies and programs, I relish those brief bursts of insight and information in the rapidly changing arenas of federal and State legislation, health care, housing, technological innovation, community planning, public transportation/mobility, and (across the board) best practices.