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.

Fact Tank Nov. 24, 2014

Facing challenges, pollsters broaden experiments with new methodologies

Pew Research Center is working to broaden experiments, aimed both at dealing with the problems confronting traditional probability-based polls and taking advantage of opportunities provided by new technologies.

Fact Tank Oct. 29, 2014

Registered voters, likely voters, turnout rates: What does it all mean to 2014 election forecasts?

How many Americans are likely to vote, and which voters in the survey are the likely voters? Important as these questions are, there is almost no consensus among the pollsters as to how to identify each of these groups.

Fact Tank Jul. 28, 2014

Q/A: What the New York Times’ polling decision means

While online survey panels have long been used by market researchers, they’re relatively new in the opinion-research field, and views on them are sharply divided.

Fact Tank Jul. 2, 2014

Facebook’s experiment causes a lot of fuss for little result

The controversy over what the Facebook researchers did may be overshadowing other important discussions, specifically conversations about what they really found—not much, actually—and the right and wrong way to think about and report findings based on statistical analyses of Big Data.

Fact Tank Jun. 27, 2014

Why the typology quiz questions are asked the way they are

One of the strongest reactions we have received from some quiz-takers is frustration over the either-or choices each question offers. This is a legitimate concern, but there is a reason the questions are asked the way they are: The intent is not to put people “in a box” but rather to understand how their values across multiple political dimensions are related to each other.

Fact Tank Jun. 26, 2014

Q/A: How Pew Research created the political typology

The goal of the political typology is to sort people into homogeneous groups, based on their political values and attitudes. It’s an effort to categorize people politically to help us better understand the complexities of the current political landscape.

Fact Tank Jun. 13, 2014

Why we didn’t include the y-axis on our polarization chart

In a histogram, it’s the area under the curve that matters, not the height of any specific point. The total area under the curve is equal to 100% of respondents, but we are most interested in where respondents fall along the horizontal axis.