May 21, 2014

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

Fact Tank Quiz Pew Research

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 a part of those conversations.

But “data” as a blog theme is tricky to get a handle on. After all, pretty much anything these days can be data, from your Facebook “likes” and Twitter comments to your fitness logs and flight delays. We wondered if people who love data about politics would visit a blog that also examined global affairs, U.S. demographics, religion, technology, journalism, economics and scores of other subjects through the prism of facts and figures. In other words, was there a big audience out there who loves data as much as we do?

Twelve months later, we’re happy to say the answer is yes. That’s you. Thanks for reading and engaging with us about data — our own and that of others. To mark the occasion and challenge our loyal readers, we’ve worked up a data quiz to see how much you know about the facts shaping our world, drawn from the 900 or so posts we’ve done since we launched. Warning: It won’t be easy. But you will feel smarter afterward. Take the quiz and share your score on Twitter with @FactTank.

  1. Photo of Drew DeSilver

    is a senior writer at Pew Research Center.

  2. Photo of Sara Kehaulani Goo

    is a senior digital editor at Pew Research Center.


  1. Jay Davidson3 years ago

    Your question number 8 reads, “What percentage of American adults own a cell phone?”

    The subject of the sentence, “percentage,” is singular. Therefore the verb, “own,” should agree with it: “What percentage of American adults owns a cell phone?”

    You have made the verb agree with the prepositional object, which is ungrammatical.

    1. Chris3 years ago

      It’s a useless fight. Due to the school systems throughout America, the basic grammar that was taught in the 50’s and 60’s is gone from the twitter screens. Our beautiful American version of the English language has been trashed along with the moral fiber of our past generations.

      1. stephanie3 years ago

        It’s not 50’s and 60’s. It’s ’50s and ’60s. The apostrophe replaces the 19 in 1950s and 1960s. There are arguments about the second apostrophe. Some publications use it, but I don’t. That point has not yet been decided.

  2. Walt French3 years ago

    “Drew DeSilver is a Senior Writer at the Pew Research Center.
    Sara Goo is Senior Digital Editor at the Pew Research Center.”

    I guess, “TRUE” to both.

    1. Andrea Caumont3 years ago

      Hi there, the quiz is here:

      Sorry if the link wasn’t clear!