ScienceMay 1, 2017

Democrats far more supportive than Republicans of federal spending for scientific research

Six-in-ten Democrats back increased federal spending for scientific research, compared with one third of Republicans.

ScienceApril 6, 2017

Public confidence in scientists has remained stable for decades

Today, four-in-ten Americans have a great deal of confidence in the scientific community.

Pew Research CenterMarch 22, 2017

How much does science knowledge influence people’s views on climate change and energy issues?

People’s level of science knowledge helps to a degree to explain their beliefs about climate and energy issues, but it depends on their partisanship.

ScienceFebruary 6, 2017

Parents of young children are more ‘vaccine hesitant’

Parents with children ages 4 or younger are more concerned than other Americans about the potential risk of side effects from the MMR vaccine.

Fact TankDecember 5, 2016

Many Americans are skeptical about scientific research on climate and GM foods

Fact TankDecember 1, 2016

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.

Fact TankOctober 24, 2016

As the need for highly trained scientists grows, a look at why people choose these careers

What leads people to a career in science? From a lifelong interest in science to the influence of mentors, working scientists explain why they pursued science.

Fact TankSeptember 26, 2016

Americans wary of using chip implants to boost brain power for the healthy

Fact TankAugust 4, 2016

Why Americans are wary of using technology to ‘enhance’ humans

Emerging technologies that draw from biomedical technology, nanotechnology, information technology and other fields may lead to any number of ways people might be able to “upgrade” themselves. But a majority of Americans greet the possibility of these breakthroughs with more wariness and worry than enthusiasm and hope.

Fact TankJuly 26, 2016

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.