Pew Research Center
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Parent institutionThe Pew Charitable Trusts
Established2004; 19 years ago (2004)
ChairRobert Groves
HeadMichael Dimock
BudgetRevenue: $36 million
Expenses: $43 million
(FYE June 2021)[2]
Address1615 L Street, NW Suite 800

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan American think tank based in Washington, D.C. It provides information on social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends shaping the United States and the world.[1] It also conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, random sample survey research and panel based surveys,[3] media content analysis, and other empirical social science research.

The Pew Research Center does not take policy positions, and is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts.[4][5]


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.[6] 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.[7]

In 2004, the trust established the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. In 2013, Kohut stepped down as president and became founding director, and Alan Murray became the second president of the center.[8] In October 2014, Michael Dimock, a 14-year veteran of the Pew Research Center, was named president.[9]


The Pew Research Center is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder.[5][10] For its studies focusing on demographics of religions in the world, the Pew Research Center has been jointly funded by the Templeton Foundation.[11][12]

Research areas

Public trust in government poll
Public trust in government poll

The center's research includes the following areas:[1][13]


  1. ^ a b c Pew Research Center (n.d.). "About Pew Research Center". Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  2. ^ "Pew Research Center" (PDF). Pew Research Center. Retrieved April 28, 2023.
  3. ^ "Our survey methodology in detail". Pew Research Center Methods. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  4. ^ Lesley, Alison (May 18, 2015). "Pew Research Finds Jews & Hindus are More Educated & Richer". World Religion News. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Company Overview of The Pew Charitable Trusts". Bloomberg L.P. December 29, 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  6. ^ "Times Mirror Center for People and Press |". Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  7. ^ "Our History". Pew Research Center. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  8. ^ Memmott, Mark (November 2, 2012). "Alan Murray Of 'The Wall Street Journal' Named Pew Research Center's President". National Public Radio. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  9. ^ Massella, Nick (October 14, 2014). "Michael Dimock Named President of Pew Research Center". FishbowlDC. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  10. ^ "Company Overview of The Pew Charitable Trusts". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  11. ^ "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World's Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (PDF). Pew Research Center. December 2012. p. 7. This effort is part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. The project is jointly funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation
  12. ^ "Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project". Pew Research Center.
  13. ^ Pew Research Center (n.d.). "Research Topics". Retrieved June 16, 2021.