A majority of Americans support using biotechnology to grow human organs in animals for transplants
Almost six-in-ten Americans consider it an appropriate use of technology to genetically engineer animals to grow organs or tissues that could be used for humans needing a transplant, while 41% say this would be going too far.
Americans are divided over the use of animals in scientific research
There is a gender gap in views of the use of animals in scientific research. Those with a high level of science knowledge are more inclined to approve of such research.
When writing about survey data, 51% might not mean a ‘majority’
For many people, “majority” is a word so common that they rarely have to think twice about what it means. But it’s a different matter for polling organizations like Pew Research Center. At the Center, writers cannot label a survey finding a “majority” unless it meets specific criteria.
Americans are closely divided over value of medical treatments, but most agree costs are a big problem
Americans have mixed views about the overall value of medical treatments today, though many say science has generally improved the quality of U.S. health care.
Many in U.S. have confidence in what private space companies will accomplish
Most Americans are confident that private space companies will make meaningful contributions in developing safe and reliable spacecraft or conducting research to expand space knowledge.
Space tourism? Majority of Americans say they wouldn’t be interested
About four-in-ten Americans (42%) say they would definitely or probably be interested in orbiting the Earth in a spacecraft in the future, while roughly six-in-ten (58%) say they would not be interested.
It’s Pi Day – and there’s some good news for math teachers
March 14 is that special time of year people pay homage to the mathematical constant pi (π). A majority of U.S. adults enjoyed math classes in grades K-12, and most who liked them say the subject matter was the main reason.
Four-in-ten Americans credit technology with improving life most in the past 50 years
When Americans are asked what has brought the biggest improvement to their lives in the past five decades, they name technology more than any other advancement.
About a third of Americans would tell a high schooler seeking career advice to enter a STEM-related field
In giving career advice to high schoolers, younger Americans encourage them to follow their dreams while older adults tell them to get jobs in a STEM field.
Shows and films about crime, medicine help foster a positive view of scientists, say many Americans
Many Americans are exposed to science through TV and movies, and they come away with a positive impression of working in science, technology and medicine.