Pew Research Center

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Pew Research Center
Pew Research Center logo.png
Established 2004; 12 years ago (2004)
Chairman Michael X. Delli Carpini
President Michael Dimock
Staff 130+[1]
Location Washington, D.C., U.S.
Address 1615 L Street, NW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan American "fact tank" which is based in Washington, D.C. It provides information on social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends shaping the United States and the world. It also conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis, and other empirical social science research. Pew Research Center does not take explicit policy positions, and is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts.[2][3]


In 1990, the Times Mirror Company founded the Times Mirror Center for the People & the Press as a research project, tasked with conducting polls on politics and policy. Andrew Kohut became its director in 1993, and The Pew Charitable Trusts became its primary sponsor in 1996, when it was renamed the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.[4]

In 2004, the trust established the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. with Kohut as its first president. In 2013, Kohut stepped down and became founding director, and Alan Murray became the second president of the center.[5] In October 2014, Michael Dimock, a 14-year veteran of the Pew Research Center, was named president.[6]


The Pew Research Center is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder.[3][7]

Research areas[edit]

The Center's research is divided into seven areas.[1]

  • U.S. Politics & Policy
  • Journalism & Media
  • Internet, Science & Tech
  • Religion & Public Life
  • Hispanic Trends
  • Global Attitudes & Trends
  • Social & Demographic Trends


  1. ^ a b "About Pew Research Center". Pew Research Center. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Lesley, Alison (May 18, 2015). "Pew Research Finds Jews & Hindus are More Educated & Richer". World Religion News. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Company Overview of The Pew Charitable Trusts". Bloomberg L.P. December 29, 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  4. ^ "Our History". Pew Research Center. Retrieved 2016-02-21. 
  5. ^ Memmott, Mark (November 2, 2012). "Alan Murray Of 'The Wall Street Journal' Named Pew Research Center's President". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  6. ^ Massella, Nick (October 14, 2014). "Michael Dimock Named President of Pew Research Center". FishbowlDC. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  7. ^ "Company Overview of The Pew Charitable Trusts". Retrieved 2015-12-29. 

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