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.
Americans broadly favor government funding for medical and science research
Many Americans say government investments in medical research, engineering and technology or basic scientific research usually pay off in the long run.
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.
Most Americans say climate change affects their local community, including two-thirds living near coast
Some 31% of Americans say the effects of climate change are affecting them personally.
Many Republican Millennials differ with older party members on climate change and energy issues
There are significant divides between younger Republicans and their elders in the GOP on a range of environmental and energy issues.
Americans had concerns about self-driving cars before fatal Arizona accident
Last year, a slight majority of Americans said they were at least somewhat worried about the development of autonomous cars and hesitant about riding in one if given the chance.
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.
More Americans oppose than favor increased offshore drilling
More Americans now oppose than favor allowing more offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters. Americans who live close to a coastline are less supportive of expanding offshore drilling than those who live farther from a coast.
Half of Americans think young people don’t pursue STEM because it is too hard
When Americans are asked why more students don’t pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), they are most likely to point to the difficulty of these subjects, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. About half of adults (52%) say the main reason young people don’t pursue STEM degrees is they think these subjects are too hard.