Lee Rainie, director of internet and technology research at the Pew Research Center, presented this material on October 14, 2020 at a gathering sponsored by the International Institute of Communications. He described the most recent Center public opinion surveys since mid-March, covering the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, racial justice protests that began in the summer, and the final stages of the 2020 presidential election campaign.
As the U.S. battles COVID-19, effective contact tracing has proven to be a major challenge for those trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Majorities of adults say they would be open to participating in some parts of the process of identifying and isolating coronavirus victims, but others are reluctant to engage fully with public health authorities.
As school districts across the United States continue to grapple with the best way to provide instruction amid the coronavirus outbreak, most parents of students in K-12 schools express concern about their children falling behind in school because of disruptions caused by the pandemic.
We have studied Americans’ attitudes toward tech companies for years. Here are takeaways from our recent research.
Half of U.S. adults say colleges and universities that brought students back to campus made the right decision, while 48% say they did not.
International relations experts' assessment of the current crises facing the world are often at odds with those of the U.S. general public.
Just one-in-ten Americans say social media sites have a mostly positive effect on the way things are going in the U.S. today.
The share of social media users who say they have changed their views on an issue has increased since we last asked this question in 2018.
Entering the peak of the the 2020 election season, social media platforms are firmly entrenched as a venue for Americans to process campaign news and engage in various types of social activism. But not all Americans use these platforms in similar ways.