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Feature | May 17, 2021
Public Trust in Government: 1958-2021

Public trust in government remains low. Only about one-quarter of Americans say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” (2%) or “most of the time” (22%).

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Video | May 12, 2017
Methods 101 Video: Random Sampling

The first video in Pew Research Center’s Methods 101 series helps explain random sampling – a concept that lies at the heart of all probability-based survey research – and why it’s important.

Video | Mar 21, 2018
Methods 101 Video: Survey Question Wording

The second video in Pew Research Center’s Methods 101 series helps explain question wording – a concept at the center of sound public opinion survey research – and why it’s important.

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Jul 22, 2019
Trust and Distrust in America

Many Americans think declining trust in the government and in each other makes it harder to solve key problems. They have a wealth of ideas about what’s gone wrong and how to fix it.

Jun 22, 2017
America’s Complex Relationship With Guns

Americans have broad exposure to guns, whether they personally own one or not. About seven-in-ten say they have fired a gun at some point and 42% currently live in a gun-owning household.

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Mar 25, 2021
The Growing Diversity of Black America

The U.S. Black population is growing. At the same time, how Black people self-identify is changing, with increasing shares considering themselves multiracial or Hispanic.

Feature | May 14, 2020
What We Know About Gen Z So Far

Born after 1996, the oldest Gen Zers will turn 23 this year. They are racially and ethnically diverse, progressive and pro-government, and more than 20 million will be eligible to vote in November.

Jun 22, 2017
America’s Complex Relationship With Guns

Americans have broad exposure to guns, whether they personally own one or not. About seven-in-ten say they have fired a gun at some point and 42% currently live in a gun-owning household.

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Fact Sheet | Apr 7, 2021
Social Media Fact Sheet

Today around seven-in-ten Americans use social media to connect with one another, engage with news content, share information and entertain themselves. Explore the demographic patterns and trends shaping the social media landscape.

Apr 7, 2021
Social Media Use in 2021

A majority of Americans say they use YouTube and Facebook, while use of Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok is especially common among adults under 30.

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