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About Pew Research Center

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Our mission

We generate a foundation of facts that enriches the public dialogue and supports sound decision-making. We are nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonadvocacy. We value independence, objectivity, accuracy, rigor, humility, transparency and innovation. Read more

Our research

We study a wide range of topics including politics and policy; news habits and media; the internet and technology; religion; race and ethnicity; international affairs; social, demographic and economic trends; science; research methodology and data science; and immigration and migration.

Our methods

We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, computational social science research and other data-driven research. We’re committed to meeting the highest methodological standards — and to exploring the newest frontiers of research. Read more about our methods.

Our people

We are led by Michael Dimock and have a staff of more than 160 people and 11 research teams. Our experts combine the observational and storytelling skills of journalists with the analytical rigor of social scientists. Pew Research Center is stewarded by a nine-member volunteer board.

Because Pew Research Center aims to inform policymakers and the public by holding a mirror to society, it is important to us to reflect our society’s many voices, backgrounds and perspectives. Being inclusive, diverse and equitable is foundational to the Center’s mission and is integral to how we, at the Center, achieve excellence. View staff demographics.

Our funding

We are a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, our primary funder. We partner strategically with philanthropists and institutional funders who share our commitment to impartial research and data that drive discussion and support decision-making. Read more about our funding, our partnerships and making a contribution on the Center’s behalf. 

Our history

We originated in a research project created in 1990 called the Times Mirror Center for the People & the Press. In 2004, The Pew Charitable Trusts established the Pew Research Center as a subsidiary to house its information initiatives. Read more