Half of Americans think young people don’t pursue STEM because it is too hard
When Americans are asked why more students don’t pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), they are most likely to point to the difficulty of these subjects, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. About half of adults (52%) say the main reason young people don’t pursue STEM degrees is they think these subjects are too hard.
Public confidence in scientists has remained stable for decades
Today, four-in-ten Americans have a great deal of confidence in the scientific community.
Majorities in all major religious groups support requiring childhood vaccination
Still, white evangelical Protestants and religious “nones” are somewhat less likely than members of other religious groups to support a vaccine requirement.
Two-thirds of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy over fossil fuels
Support for focusing on alternative energy development (is up slightly since December 2014, but wide political differences remain.
People concerned about GM foods are particularly skeptical of information from food industry
Many Americans are distrustful of information provided by the food industry on GM foods, and those who are concerned about GM food issues are especially skeptical.
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.