Letter: Pew dedicated to the public good | Opinion

To the editor:

A July 21 letter to The Salem News (“Columnist was off base”) criticized public opinion research from The Pew Charitable Trusts as “politically prejudiced” and “far left.” While the writer is free to draw his own conclusions from our data, I can state categorically that our work is rigorous, fact-based, nonpartisan and designed to serve the public interest. 

Our organization was established in 1948 to contribute to the health and well-being of the nation. J. Howard Pew, Joseph N. Pew Jr., Mabel Pew Myrin and Mary Ethel Pew created seven trusts over three decades, which today provide significant funding to The Pew Charitable Trusts. Their forward-thinking commitment to serving the public interest is one of our greatest assets, because most of the problems we face today did not even exist 50 years ago.

Based on their legacy of innovation and dedication to the public good, the trusts, and our subsidiary, the Pew Research Center, use the power of knowledge to inform the public, improve public policy and invigorate civic life. We conduct rigorous research and follow the facts where they lead us, never signing up to support a political party, ideology, or point of view. As new challenges emerge, we will continue to provide facts and resources to address important issues, not because they are left or right, liberal or conservative, or establishment or activist, but because they address the long-term interests and needs of our citizens. 

Melissa Skolfield

Senior vice president, communications

The Pew Charitable Trusts