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American Trends Panel Wave 82




The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Panelists participate via self-administered web surveys. Panelists who do not have internet access at home are provided with a tablet and wireless internet connection. Interviews are conducted in both English and Spanish. The panel is being managed by Ipsos.

Data in this report were drawn from the panel wave conducted Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, 2021. A total of 2,596 panelists responded out of 2,943 who were sampled, for a response rate of 88 percent.

The Wave 82 survey is the U.S. component of Pew Research Center's 2021 Global Attitudes Project.

The ARDA has added six additional variables to the original data set to enhance the users' experience on our site.

Data File

Cases: 2596
Variables: 147
Weight Variable: WEIGHT_82, WEIGHT_W73_W82

The W82 dataset contains two weights:

WEIGHT_W82 is the weight for the sample. Data for most Pew Research Center reports are analyzed using this weight.
WEIGHT_W73_W82 is a longitudinal weight used in analysis for respondents to both W73 and W82.

Data Collection

February 1-7, 2021

Original Survey (Instrument)

American Trends Panel Wave 82 Topline

Funded By

The American Trends Panel (ATP) is supported by the Pew Research Center. For more information on the history of the ATP, click here.

Collection Procedures

The ATP was created in 2014, with the first cohort of panelists invited to join the panel at the end of a large, national, landline and cellphone random-digit-dial survey that was conducted in both English and Spanish. Two additional recruitments were conducted using the same method in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Across these three surveys, a total of 19,718 adults were invited to join the ATP, of whom 9,942 (50 percent) agreed to participate.

In August 2018, the ATP switched from telephone to address-based recruitment. Invitations were sent to a random, address-based sample of households selected from the U.S. Postal Service's Delivery Sequence File. Two additional recruitments were conducted using the same method in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Across these three address-based recruitments, a total of 17,161 adults were invited to join the ATP, of whom 15,134 (88 percent) agreed to join the panel and completed an initial profile survey. In each household, the adult with the next birthday was asked to go online to complete a survey, at the end of which they were invited to join the panel. Of the 25,076 individuals who have ever joined the ATP, 13,553 remained active panelists and continued to receive survey invitations at the time this survey was conducted. The U.S. Postal Service's Delivery Sequence File has been estimated to cover as much as 98 percent of the population, although some studies suggest that the coverage could be in the low 90 percent range.1 The American Trends Panel never uses breakout routers or chains that direct respondents to additional surveys.

The data collection field period for this survey was Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, 2021. Postcard notifications were mailed to all ATP panelists with a known residential address on Feb. 1, 2021. On Feb. 1 and Feb. 2, invitations were sent out in two separate launches: Soft Launch and Full Launch. Sixty panelists were included in the soft launch, which began with an initial invitation sent on Feb. 1, 2021. The ATP panelists chosen for the initial soft launch were known responders who had completed previous ATP surveys within one day of receiving their invitation. All remaining English- and Spanish-speaking panelists were included in the full launch and were sent an invitation on Feb. 2, 2021.

All panelists with an email address received an email invitation and up to two email reminders if they did not respond to the survey. All ATP panelists who consented to SMS messages received an SMS invitation and up to two SMS reminders.

Sampling Procedures

The overall target population for this survey was non-institutionalized persons ages 18 and older, living in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii.

This study featured a stratified random sample from the ATP. The sample was allocated according to the following strata, in order: tablet households, U.S.-born Hispanics, foreign-born Hispanics, high school education or less, foreign-born Asians, not registered to vote, people ages 18 to 34, uses internet weekly or less, non-Hispanic Black adults, nonvolunteers and all other categories not already falling into any of the above.

The cumulative response rate accounting for nonresponse to the recruitment surveys and attrition is 4 percent. The break-off rate among panelists who logged on to the survey and completed at least one item is 2 percent. The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 2,596 respondents is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points. For a small number of respondents with high risk of identification, certain values have been randomly swapped with those of lower risk cases with similar characteristics.

Principal Investigators

Pew Research Center

Related Publications

"The American Trends Panel." Pew Research Center.

"American Trends Panel Datasets." Pew Research Center

Reports written from the American Trends Panel Wave 82. Pew Research Center

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