Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis

ScienceDecember 31, 2018

The Year in Science—and What Americans Thought about It

Pew polls reveal a public divided on climate, supportive of NASA and wary of AI and genetic engineering

ScienceDecember 6, 2018

What Do Americans Think about Food Additives and GMOs?

About half think they’re unhealthy; the other half aren’t especially concerned

ScienceNovember 19, 2018

Public Perspectives on Food Risks

Majorities of Americans see at least some risk from food produced using hormones, antibiotics, pesticides or artificial ingredients; half the public says that foods with genetically modified ingredients are worse for one’s health than foods without.

ScienceSeptember 12, 2018

What Worries People about Future Science and Tech Innovations?

According to new survey data, many fear that humans could lose their autonomy or even their free will

ScienceAugust 16, 2018

Most Americans Accept Genetic Engineering of Animals That Benefits Human Health, but Many Oppose Other Uses

Americans’ concerns about animal biotechnology focus on risks to animals, humans and the ecosystem.

ScienceJuly 26, 2018

Public Views of Gene Editing for Babies Depend on How It Would Be Used

Americans are more likely to anticipate negative than positive effects from widespread use of gene-editing technology

ScienceJune 6, 2018

Majority of Americans Believe It Is Essential That the U.S. Remain a Global Leader in Space

Despite the increasing role of private companies in space exploration, most believe NASA’s role is still vital for the future.

ScienceMay 14, 2018

Majorities See Government Efforts to Protect the Environment as Insufficient

At the same time, Americans are closely divided over whether or not it is possible to cut back on regulations while still effectively protecting air and water quality.

ScienceMarch 21, 2018

The Science People See on Social Media

Science-related Facebook pages draw millions of followers but ‘news you can use’ posts or ads outnumber ones about scientific discoveries.

ScienceFebruary 26, 2018

The Complex Interface between the Public and Science

A new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences challenges preconceptions about the public face of science