Das Pew-Forschungszentrum, engl. Pew Research Center, bis 1995 Times Mirror Center for the People & the Press, ist ein Meinungsforschungsinstitut mit Sitz in Washington, D. C., benannt nach dem US-amerikanischen Ölindustriellen Joseph Newton Pew (1848–1912). Das Zentrum ermittelt Informationen, Meinungen und Trends, die die Vereinigten Staaten und die Welt betreffen. Die Organisation wurde zunächst von dem Zeitungskonzern Times Mirror Company (The Los Angeles Times u.a.); seit 1996 von den gemeinnützigen The Pew Charitable Trusts finanziert; nach eigenen Angaben zur Zeit mit 300 Mio USD pro Jahr.

Die Arbeit umfasst sieben sogenannte Projekte:

  • Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
  • Project for Excellence in Journalism
  • Pew Internet & American Life Project
  • Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
  • Pew Hispanic Center
  • Pew Global Attitudes Project

Das Pew-Forschungszentrum wird von der Presse zitiert, um weltweite Umfragen zu Themen wie Religiosität, Selbst- und Fremdeinschätzung von Anhängern verschiedener Religionen zu fundieren und gilt als konservative Denkfabrik.


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