Most Americans get their science news from general outlets, but many doubt their accuracy
Where do Americans go to stay informed about science topics? Here are some key takeaways about Americans’ science news habits today.
Americans divided on gene editing, with parents of minors more wary
The U.S. public has mixed views on using gene editing to reduce babies’ risk of serious diseases, with parents of children younger than 18 especially wary.
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.
Public confidence in scientists has remained stable for decades
Today, four-in-ten Americans have a great deal of confidence in the scientific community.
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.
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.
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.
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.