Fact Tank Jan. 7, 2015

Pew Research will call more cellphones in 2015

An estimated 46.5% of U.S. adults are cell-only today. To keep pace with this trend, the Pew Research Center will increase the percentage of respondents interviewed on cellphones in its typical national telephone surveys to 65%.

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 Nov. 4, 2014

Why measuring the demographics of voters on Election Day is difficult

The two primary sources that provide insight into voter demographics use different methodologies, are released at different times, and often produce slightly different results.

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 Oct. 21, 2014

Q/A: How Pew Research analyzed America’s polarized media consumption habits

We asked Amy Mitchell, our Director of Journalism Research, to discuss how the new report on media polarization was put together.

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.