Fact Tank Jul. 21, 2015

The challenges of polling when fewer people are available to be polled

With response rates low and heading lower, how can survey researchers have confidence in their findings? Scott Keeter, director of survey research at Pew Research Center, addresses this issue and related questions.

Fact Tank Jul. 16, 2015

Are you in the global middle class? Find out with our income calculator

On a global scale, just 13% of the world’s population could be considered middle income in 2011, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. Where do you fit?

Pew Research Center Jul. 7, 2015

Is It Necessary to Reimburse Cellphone Respondents?

Respondents who take a Pew Research Center survey on a cellphone are currently offered reimbursement for their cellphone minutes for completing the survey. But is it still necessary in the age of unlimited talk and text?

Media & News Jul. 3, 2015

Methodology: As Greeks head to the polls, the Twitter conversation differs by language

This analysis of the Twitter discussions surrounding the 2015 Greek referendum employed media research methods that combined Pew Research’s content analysis rules with computer coding software developed by Crimson Hexagon.

Jun. 24, 2015

How many same-sex married couples in the U.S.? Maybe 170,000

A new research paper suggests that the number of married same-sex couples in the United States in 2013 may have been much lower than the Census Bureau’s initial estimate for that year.

Pew Research Center Jun. 11, 2015

Tips for Creating Web Surveys for Completion on a Mobile Device

With so many respondents taking Web surveys on smartphones, creating surveys with smartphone respondents in mind is critical.

Jun. 11, 2015

How Pew Research conducted its survey of multiracial Americans

We released our first report on American multiracial adults, a group that comprises an estimated 6.9% of the adult population, or nearly 17 million adults. The report looks at who they are demographically, their attitudes and experiences, and the spectrum of their racial identity.

Pew Research Center Jun. 10, 2015

Ukraine 2015: How We Approached Our Sample Design in Light of Insecurity in Eastern Ukraine

The uneasy ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, punctuated by almost daily fighting between separatists and government forces, posed a major challenge to the Pew Research Center as we set about conducting a new public opinion survey in that country this past spring. As always, our first priority was the safety of interviewers and respondents, who can both be at risk when it comes to face-to-face surveys in a conflict zone.

Fact Tank May. 27, 2015

Q&A: A look at what’s driving the changes seen in our Religious Landscape Study

Fact Tank sat down with David Campbell, a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, to explore what the new findings mean.

Fact Tank May. 14, 2015

Methods can matter: Where Web surveys produce different results than phone interviews

A Pew Research Center experiment found several key areas where Web surveys produced different results than those conducted by phone.