Pew Research – Bias and Credibility

Pew Research - Least Biased - Not Left - Not Right - CredibleFactual Reporting: Very High - Credible - Reliable


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.

Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: VERY-HIGH
Country: USA
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic


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.

Read our profile on the United States government and media.

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 is primarily 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. Pew earns a Very-High factual rating because they conduct polls with strong methodology and does not manipulate content. This does not mean the poll can’t be off or wrong. It can as polling is not always accurate.

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 07/21/2023)


This poll is for entertainment purposes and does not change our overall rating.

Last Updated on July 21, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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