Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
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.
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.
Women and Men in STEM Often at Odds Over Workplace Equity
Women in STEM jobs are more likely than their male counterparts to have experienced discrimination in the workplace and to believe that discrimination is a major reason there are not more women in STEM.
Mixed Messages about Public Trust in Science
America’s confidence in the scientific community appears to be relatively strong. But the degree of public trust in scientists across climate, food and medical issues varies, and many express moderate rather than strongly positive views.
Science News and Information Today
Overall, 36% of Americans get science news at least a few times a week and three-in-ten actively seek it. Most get science news from general news outlets, but more see specialty sources as being accurate.
Public Divides Over Environmental Regulation and Energy Policy
Americans lean toward regulations – not economic markets alone – as the most effective way to increase reliance on renewable energy, but they are evenly split on whether fewer regulations can protect air and water.