These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using an appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased sources.
- Overall, we rate Pew Research Least Biased and Very High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: VERY-HIGH
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2004, Pew Research 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. It also conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis, and other empirical social science research.
According to their about page, their mission is “We generate a foundation of facts that enriches the public dialogue and supports sound decision-making. We are nonprofit, nonpartisan, and nonadvocacy. We value independence, objectivity, accuracy, rigor, humility, transparency, and innovation.” The current president is Michael Dimock.
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Funded by / Ownership
Pew Research Center is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. They fully disclose their IRS form 990 here.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Pew Research primarily is a polling and survey outlet that utilizes and publishes its methodology. Unlike many other polling companies that exclusively cover politics and elections, Pew covers a wide range of topics such as Science, Technology, and Religion. Pew never uses loaded language in their headlines, and articles like this: Eastern and Western Europeans Differ on Importance of Religion, Views of Minorities, and Key Social Issues. Further, all information is sourced in detail, with the methodology explained for each survey. Editorially, there is little to no bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- Pew Research has never failed a fact check. In fact, Pew information is used by fact-checkers to verify data.
Overall, we rate Pew Research Least Biased and Very High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing. (7/10/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 12/08/2022)
Last Updated on December 8, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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