Anonymous said: I would like to know the origins of your center

Thanks for your question - it’s a good one. 

The Pew Research Center has its origins in a research project created in 1990 by the Times Mirror newspaper company and called the Times Mirror Center for the People & the Press. The project conducted regular polls on politics and major policy issues. Andrew Kohut, the center’s founding director of surveys and the former president of The Gallup Organization, became the director in 1993. In 1996, The Pew Charitable Trusts became the center’s sponsor and renamed it the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

 The Pew Charitable Trusts, an independent nonprofit, is the sole beneficiary of seven individual charitable funds established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.