The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
Background information for undergraduate research students
The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is an independent, non-partisan public opinion research organization that studies attitudes toward politics, the press and public policy issues. It is a valuable information resource for journalists, political leaders, scholars and citizens.
The Center conducts regular monthly polls on politics and major policy issues as well as the News Interest Index, a weekly survey aimed at gauging the public's interest in and reaction to major news events. Shorter commentaries are produced on a regular basis addressing the issues of the day from a public opinion perspective. In addition, the Center periodically fields major surveys on the news media, social issues and international affairs.
The Center is sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is one of seven projects that make up the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.
All survey results are made available free of charge on the People & the Press website.
Projects of the Pew Research Center: