Fact Tank Mar. 26, 2015

The challenges of using Facebook for research

We wanted to analyze the role Facebook played as a means for people to hear about, discuss and share local news. But getting the data we needed wasn’t easy.

Fact Tank Mar. 23, 2015

On Twitter, local news is hard to find

Here’s a rundown of what worked and what didn’t in using Twitter for our research of three local news ecosystems.

Fact Tank Mar. 5, 2015

Q/A: How Pew Research analyzed local media ‘ecosystems’

Our new report on local news in a digital age looks at both the organizations providing the news and the residents consuming it.

Fact Tank Feb. 26, 2015

Q/A: How Pew Research measures global restrictions on religion

We sat down with researcher Peter Henne to learn more about the complex process of measuring global religious restrictions.

Feb. 24, 2015

Is U.S. fertility at an all-time low? It depends

There are three main ways to measure fertility. None of them is “right” or “wrong,” but each tells a different story about when births bottomed out.

Fact Tank Jan. 29, 2015

Why Pew Research Center is going deeper on science

While we have explored science-related issues in the past, our new science publication marks a more formal commitment to studying the intersection of science with all aspects of society – from public opinion, to politics and policymaking, to religious and ethical considerations, to education and the economy.

Fact Tank Jan. 16, 2015

Religious conversion in Latin America: How we surveyed people on their beliefs

Pew Research Center’s survey in 18 Latin American countries and Puerto Rico found that many Latin Americans are leaving Catholicism and joining evangelical Protestant churches. We sat down with senior researcher Neha Sahgal to see how these conclusions were reached.

Fact Tank Dec. 30, 2014

Who’s having a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ day around the world

Pew Research’s annual Global Attitudes surveys starts by asking respondents how they would describe their day. A median of nearly two-thirds (65%) across 44 countries surveyed in spring 2014 responded that they were having a typical day.

Fact Tank Dec. 29, 2014

Our favorite Pew Research Center data visualizations from 2014

The Pew Research Center design staff picks the data visualizations we created in 2014 that they considered the most challenging and explains the approach to presenting our data.

Fact Tank Dec. 22, 2014

14 striking findings from 2014

In 2014, Pew Research Center published more than 150 reports and some 600 blog posts. Here are 14 facts we found particularly striking, as they illustrate some major shifts in our politics, society, habits or families.