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Pew Research Center provides its research – free of charge – as a public service to policymakers, researchers, journalists and the general public, and encourages the use of our material in its original form.

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Cite Pew Research Center findings: You may cite our research in your work without advance, express permission. Creating a short excerpt from one of our reports, referencing a statistic and using our data to create your own chart are all permissible uses. We do require that you include attribution to Pew Research Center for these uses of our research. In addition, you do not need to obtain permission in advance to use our charts if you are:

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Use in a Classroom or Group Setting: If you are making a private presentation (such as a teacher presenting a lesson in the classroom or clergy presenting in a place of worship), you may make copies available to participants or create password-protected online links to our material, provided that you include attribution to Pew Research Center. Online classrooms may also use our materials under this policy.

Personal Use: You may make reasonable copies of select portions/excerpts of our content, solely for your own noncommercial personal use.

Link to Pew Research Center websites: We invite you to include links to Pew Research Center websites, publications or interactives and charts on your own site. If you link to our content, we would like to know – please notify us by email at Licensing@pewresearch.organd point us to where you’ve cited our research.

Questionnaires: Pew Research Center questions may be used freely without advance, express permission. If you are comparing your results to ours, cite those findings, as detailed above (please also consider possible contextual differences when doing this.) If you are replicating questions without directly comparing your results to ours, a citation is not required (but is welcome.)

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Use our Datasets: Pew Research Center makes its data available to the public for secondary analysis. Typically, survey data are released several months after the reports written from the data are published. Before downloading the dataset, you will be required to read and accept our dataset agreement. All publications using data should reference the Pew Research Center as the source of the data, and should acknowledge that Pew Research Center bears no responsibility for the interpretations presented or conclusions reached based on analysis of the data.

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