Pew Research Center has examined how people think about democracy, trust in institutions, and the role of information in society for more than a decade. In light of current debates about the state of the democratic process and the importance of truth, the Center has further deepened its focus on public attitudes about the role of trust and facts in democracy. This page is a curation of the most relevant content on those topics.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 23, 2018

Republicans and Democrats agree: They can’t agree on basic facts

Nearly eight-in-ten Americans say that when it comes to important issues facing the country, most Republican and Democratic voters not only disagree over plans and policies, but also cannot agree on basic facts. Ironically, Republicans and Democrats do agree that partisan disagreements extend to the basic facts of issues, according to a new Pew Research Center survey

U.S. PoliticsAugust 16, 2018

As Midterms Near, Democrats Are More Politically Active Than Republicans

Across a range of political activities – from attending political rallies to donating to campaigns – voters who back Democratic candidates for Congress are reporting higher levels of political activity than GOP voters.

Media & NewsJune 18, 2018

Quiz: How well can you tell factual from opinion statements?

Test your ability to classify 10 news statements as either factual or opinion.

Media & NewsJune 18, 2018

Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News

The politically aware, digitally savvy and those more trusting of the news media fare better in differentiating factual statements from opinions.

Pew Research CenterJune 18, 2018

Q&A: Telling the difference between factual and opinion statements in the news

Read a Q&A with Amy Mitchell, director of journalism research at Pew Research Center, on a new report that explores Americans’ ability to distinguish factual news statements from opinions.

Pew Research CenterJune 8, 2018

Across Western Europe, public news media are widely used and trusted sources of news

In seven Western European countries surveyed, the top main source for news is a public news organization – such as the BBC in the UK, Sveriges Television/Radio (SVT/Radio) in Sweden or ARD in Germany – rather than a private one.

ReligionMay 29, 2018

Being Christian in Western Europe

The majority of Europe’s Christians are non-practicing, but they differ from religiously unaffiliated people in their views on God, attitudes toward Muslims and immigrants, and opinions about religion’s role in society.

Media & NewsMay 17, 2018

Fact Sheets: News Media and Political Attitudes in Western Europe

Findings about news media views and habits in Western Europe from a survey about media, political attitudes and populist views in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Media & NewsMay 14, 2018

Western Europeans who hold populist views rate the news media less positively than those with non-populist views

Ratings on how well the media perform on several core functions, like investigating the actions of the government and getting the facts right, differ between those who hold populist views and those who do not.

Media & NewsMay 14, 2018

Ideological placement of news outlets in Western Europe

Explore where users of news outlets in eight Western European countries place these outlets on a left-right spectrum, based on their perception of their ideological leanings.