RESEARCH & How to access Pew Research Center survey data #DMin #FullerSem

By Scott Ketter, Pew Research Center, 1/28/15.

…There are two ways to locate and download this and any other Pew Research Center dataset. Each research area at the center has a “Datasets” or “Data and Resources” section with the available data listed in reverse chronological order by when the survey was fielded:

Pew Research Datasets

To download a particular dataset, click the “Download” button. You will be asked to fill out a short information sheet, which helps us better understand who is using our data. It also allows us to notify users if there is any update or change to the data.

The center makes the data available for most of its reports. If a dataset is available, you will see an icon on the right hand side of the page and a label indicating that it is available for downloading:


… Included with most datasets available for download is additional material related to the study. A “readme” file is included that describes the data and may include special notes about the data, or syntax for specific variables that are constructed. A full questionnaire provides question wording and ordering for the study (and can be used as a codebook). In the case of ASCII datasets, the questionnaire and/or readme provide layout instructions. Most dataset releases also include a topline and a full methodology statement.

Pew Research datasets are widely used by scholars and students. Among the hundreds of survey datasets available, here are some of the most popular and frequently downloaded:

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