Many Americans are skeptical about scientific research on climate and GM foods
Divides over food science tied to personal concerns about eating, health
Divides in public opinion over food are encapsulated by how people assess the health effects of two kinds of food: organic and genetically modified foods.
Clinton, Trump supporters deeply divided over use of fossil fuel energy sources
Supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump disagree on whether to support or oppose expanding the production of a range of fossil fuel energy sources.
Most Americans trust the military and scientists to act in the public’s interest
Three-quarters or more of Americans are confident in the military, medical scientists and scientists in general to act in the best interests of the public. But fewer than half report similar confidence in the news media, business leaders and elected officials.
Clinton, Trump supporters worlds apart on views of climate change and its scientists
Differences between Clinton and Trump supporters mirror a deep divide between Democrats and Republicans in their views on climate change and climate scientists.
Americans strongly favor expanding solar power to help address costs and environmental concerns
Almost nine-in-ten U.S. adults (89%) favor expanding use of solar power, while only 9% oppose it. Western homeowners are particularly likely to say they have already installed or are considering solar panels at home.
Conservative Republicans especially skeptical of climate scientists’ research and understanding
Amid wide partisan divides over climate issues, conservative Republicans are especially skeptical of climate scientists’ understanding and research.
Key findings on how Americans view new technologies that could ‘enhance’ human abilities
Many in the general public expect scientific and technological innovation to bring helpful change to society. Yet, when Americans are asked about the potential use of emerging technologies that could push the boundaries of human abilities, they are far more cautious about the morality and effects of these advances.
28% of Americans are ‘strong’ early adopters of technology
Technology is changing the ways people seek and get knowledge, communicate and work. But Americans still tend to embrace familiarity over newness when it comes to their choices of new products
Public support for environmental regulations varies by state
When it comes to potential trade-offs between the environment and the economy, most Americans say stricter environmental regulations are worth the cost, while fewer say stricter environmental regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy.