Internet & TechApril 1, 2015

U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans own a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011. Today, 19% rely to some extent on a smartphone for internet access, but connectivity for these users is frequently tenuous.

Pew Research CenterApril 1, 2015

App vs. Web for Surveys of Smartphone Users

Pew Research Center methodologists examine the efficacy of intensive data collection with a probability-based panel and the differences in participation and responses when using a smartphone app as opposed to a web browser for a study of smartphone use.

Internet & TechMarch 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.

Media & NewsMarch 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.

Media & NewsMarch 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.

ReligionFebruary 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.

February 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.

Internet & TechJanuary 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 TankJanuary 28, 2015

How to access Pew Research Center survey data

Pew Research Center makes most its datasets available for download once all reporting has been completed for a given study. Here’s how to find and access our data.

ReligionJanuary 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.