Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
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
What Do Americans Think about Food Additives and GMOs?
About half think they’re unhealthy; the other half aren’t especially concerned
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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