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Michael Dimock is president of Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Through public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research, the Center generates a foundation of facts that enriches the public dialogue and supports sound decision-making. It does not take policy positions.

A political scientist by education and training, Dimock was tapped to join the Center in 2000 by its founding director, the late Andrew Kohut. Dimock became associate director for research in 2004 and director of the Center’s political polling unit in 2012. An expert on American political opinion, he co-authored several of the Center’s landmark research reports, including studies of long-term trends in American political and social values and reports on views of the candidates, campaigns and key issues during several presidential election cycles.

Dimock advanced to the key leadership role of vice president in 2014, overseeing the execution and analysis of the largest U.S. political survey that the Center has ever conducted. The survey provided an in-depth, groundbreaking examination of the nature and scope of political polarization within the American public. Dimock was named president later that year and has since been instrumental in guiding the Center’s research and development efforts to strengthen the practice of survey research and test new methods in data collection and analysis.

Dimock has been a frequent commentator on public opinion and politics for major media organizations and has appeared as a guest analyst on numerous television and radio programs. He has published articles on voting behavior, public opinion and survey methodology, and is a sought-after speaker, having presented at such venues as the Aspen Ideas Festival, Milken Institute Global Conference and various professional symposia.

Dimock received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California-San Diego and his B.A. in political science from the University of Houston. Before joining Pew Research Center, he was a political science professor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 17, 2019

Defining generations: Where Millennials end and Generation Z begins

Pew Research Center now uses 1996 as the last birth year for Millennials in our work. President Michael Dimock explains why.

U.S. PoliticsApril 26, 2018

Our expanded focus on trust, facts and the state of democracy

Pew Research Center is redoubling its focus on the role of information and trust in democratic societies.

Pew Research CenterDecember 20, 2017

From #MAGA to #MeToo: A look at U.S. public opinion in 2017

A look back at the events that defined 2017 and what public opinion can tell us about the important trends shaping American society.

Pew Research CenterDecember 20, 2017

From #MAGA to #MeToo: A look at U.S. public opinion in 2017

A look back at the events that defined 2017 and what public opinion can tell us about the important trends shaping American society.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 10, 2017

How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency

Pew Research Center President Michael Dimock examines the changes – some profound, some subtle – that the U.S. experienced during Barack Obama’s presidency.

Pew Research CenterOctober 10, 2016

Why Pew Research Center Changed Its Strategy This Election

Pew Research Center has shifted its approach for the 2016 election cycle, focusing on fewer, larger political surveys, new work with our American Trends Panel and a continued emphasis on larger themes related to political polarization, partisan antipathy, distrust and compromise.

Fact TankJune 16, 2016

In the age of big data, survey research will not only survive but thrive

The next frontier of public-opinion research is already visible in the “big data” revolution. Through the digital traces of our everyday activities, we are creating a massive volume of information that can tell us a lot about ourselves. Smart data science can identify patterns in our behaviors and interests. And in some domains, such as […]

MethodsFebruary 24, 2016

Data Quality Deserves an Honest Discussion

While the possibility of falsified data is an important consideration in survey research, a new tool to detect it fails to perform as advertised.

Fact TankSeptember 8, 2015

Remembering Andy Kohut

Today, we grieve the loss of our founder, mentor and bedrock, Andrew Kohut, who led Pew Research Center from 2004 until 2012 and previously led Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. He passed away this morning.

Fact TankSeptember 25, 2014

The GOP’s Millennial problem runs deep

Millennials are the most liberal age group and are more likely to lean towards the Democrats. But in addition to that, Millennials who identify with the GOP are also less conservative than Republicans in other generations.