Opinions on expanding access to experimental drugs differ by race, income
Generally, higher-income adults and college degree earners are more likely than others to favor greater availability, and African-Americans are significantly less supportive of the idea.
The skills Americans say kids need to succeed in life
In a recent Pew Research survey, more respondents said communication skills were most important for children to have, followed by reading, math, teamwork, writing and logic. Science fell somewhere in the middle.
From telegrams to Instagram, a look at presidents and technology
President Obama’s recent interviews with Buzzfeed and Vox, and his embrace of online news and social media more generally, stands in a long tradition of presidents employing novel communications technologies to speak to Americans directly.
5 facts about online video, for YouTube’s 10th birthday
YouTube has become one of the most visited websites in the world. The video-sharing firm says that 100 hours of video are uploaded there every minute.
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%).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.