Fact Tank Feb. 5, 2015

Widespread concerns about extremism in Muslim nations, and little support for it

The horrific murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh has generated shock and outrage around the globe. And if recent history is a guide, this brutal act will only deepen opposition to ISIS, and to violent extremism more generally, in Jordan and other predominantly Muslim nations.

Fact Tank Feb. 5, 2015

5 key takeaways about how investigative reporters view their digital security

As journalism becomes an increasingly digital practice, the data and communications of investigative journalists have become vulnerable to hackers, government surveillance and legal threats. But what are these vulnerabilities – and what steps have investigative journalists taken to protect themselves?

Feb. 4, 2015

America’s ‘middle’ holds its ground after the Great Recession

The share of Americans who live in middle-income households has held steady since 2010 – a flat trend that might actually be good news.

Feb. 4, 2015

50 years later, Americans give thumbs-up to immigration law that changed the nation

As Washington once again engages in a heated political battle over immigration policy, it’s worth reminding ourselves just how much the country and its politics have changed since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act — a law that dramatically changed the makeup of the nation.

Fact Tank Feb. 3, 2015

NASA popularity still sky-high

NASA continues to be very popular among the public, with four times as many Americans holding a favorable view of the space agency as unfavorable (68% vs. 17%).

Fact Tank Feb. 3, 2015

Social media preferences vary by race and ethnicity

Latinos, blacks and whites use social media networks about equally, but there are some differences in their preferences for specific social media sites.

Fact Tank Feb. 2, 2015

Young adults more likely to say vaccinating kids should be a parental choice

A majority of Americans think children should be required to get vaccinated. Young adults more likely to say vaccinating kids should be a parental choice.

Fact Tank Feb. 2, 2015

U.S. students improving – slowly – in math and science, but still lagging internationally

Scientists and the general public agree that K-12 STEM education in the U.S. leaves much to be desired, and test results appear to back them up.

Fact Tank Jan. 29, 2015

Why Pew Research Center is going deeper on science

While we have explored science-related issues in the past, our new science publication marks a more formal commitment to studying the intersection of science with all aspects of society – from public opinion, to politics and policymaking, to religious and ethical considerations, to education and the economy.

Fact Tank Jan. 29, 2015

5 key findings on what Americans and scientists think about science

Scientific innovation and discovery touches all aspects of American life, from medical care to the food we eat and the technologies we rely on in our daily activities. Here are five takeaways from our new report, drawing on surveys of both scientists and the general public.