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.

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.

Media & NewsMay 14, 2018

In Western Europe, Public Attitudes Toward News Media More Divided by Populist Views Than Left-Right Ideology

Across eight Western European countries, people with populist leanings have more negative attitudes about the news media than do those with non-populist views.

Pew Research CenterMay 1, 2018

Few Americans see nation’s political debate as ‘respectful’

Most Americans have negative views of the tone of political debate in their country. And a sizable majority says personal insults are “never fair game” in politics.

Pew Research CenterApril 26, 2018

Key findings on Americans’ views of the U.S. political system and democracy

How do Americans feel about their own democracy? Read key findings from our recent report on Americans’ views of democracy in America.

Media & NewsApril 19, 2018

Americans Favor Protecting Information Freedoms Over Government Steps to Restrict False News Online

U.S. adults are mostly against government action that could limit people’s ability to access and publish information online. There is more support for steps by technology companies.

Pew Research CenterMarch 8, 2018

Negative views of democracy more widespread in countries with low political affiliation

Across 35 nations, a median of 26% do not identify with any political party in their country. In countries where more people are unaffiliated with any political party, popular support for representative democracy is also lower.

GlobalJanuary 11, 2018

Publics Globally Want Unbiased News Coverage, but Are Divided on Whether Their News Media Deliver

A global median of 75% want their news media to be unbiased when covering political issues, yet many say the news media do a poor job of reporting on political issues fairly.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 18, 2017

Sharing the News in a Polarized Congress

Political divides in the American news landscape do not end with Americans’ preferences for different news sources; rather, they extend to how members of the U.S. Congress communicate with constituents in the digital age.

ScienceDecember 8, 2017

Mixed Messages about Public Trust in Science

America’s confidence in the scientific community appears to be relatively strong. But the degree of public trust in scientists across climate, food and medical issues varies, and many express moderate rather than strongly positive views.

GlobalNovember 7, 2017

Transatlantic Dialogues: In Europe and North America, Publics More Supportive Than Experts of Direct Democracy

Surveys of foreign policy experts and the general public reveal a division between these two groups over the role of the people’s voice in governing, as well as on the consequences of Trump’s presidency.