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Jeffrey Gottfried

Senior Researcher

Jeffrey Gottfried is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center, where he focuses on U.S. public opinion about journalism and the news media. He is an author of a number of studies, including about political polarization and media habits, news and social media, Millennials and news, political news satire and journalism and elections. Prior to joining the Center, Gottfried was the Howard Deshong Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. He received his Ph.D. in communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where his graduate work focused on the role of election campaign communication on voters’ political attitudes and behaviors. Gottfried regularly discusses findings with the media, and presents his research at conferences and to professional groups.

Publications
Media & NewsJune 18, 2018

Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News

The politically aware, digitally savvy and those more trusting of the news media fare better in differentiating factual statements from opinions.

Pew Research CenterJune 5, 2018

Almost seven-in-ten Americans have news fatigue, more among Republicans

If you feel like there is too much news and you can’t keep up, you are not alone. A sizable portion of Americans are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of news there is.

Media & NewsOctober 18, 2017

In Trump’s first 100 days, news stories citing his tweets were more likely to be negative

News stories about the beginning of Trump administration’s presidency that included one of his tweets were more likely to have an overall negative assessment.

ScienceSeptember 21, 2017

Most Americans get their science news from general outlets, but many doubt their accuracy

Where do Americans go to stay informed about science topics? Here are some key takeaways about Americans’ science news habits today.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 7, 2017

Americans’ online news use is closing in on TV news use

As of August 2017, 43% of Americans report often getting news online, just 7 points lower than the 50% who often get news on television.

Media & NewsFebruary 17, 2017

For election news, young people turned to some national papers more than their elders

When we asked people if they regularly got news about the 2016 presidential election through either the print or online version of four specific U.S. newspapers, three of these papers – The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal – attracted more adults younger than 50 than 50 and older as regular readers.

Fact TankNovember 18, 2016

Majority of U.S. adults think news media should not add interpretation to the facts

A majority of U.S. adults (59%) reject the idea of adding interpretation, saying that the news media should present the facts alone

Fact TankSeptember 29, 2016

Partisans disagree on news media’s best, worst traits

Americans are divided in what they consider the most positive and negative attribute of the news media, and much of that divide follows party lines.

Fact TankSeptember 22, 2016

More say press is too easy on Trump than said so of Romney, McCain

Only a slim minority thinks the news media’s coverage of Trump and Clinton is too tough, a view the public also held in previous general elections.

Fact TankJuly 14, 2016

Most Americans already feel election coverage fatigue

59% of Americans feel exhausted by the amount of election coverage, while 39% say they like getting a lot of coverage about the election.