Views on Science & Science-Related Policy
Both the American public and scientists value the contributions of science, but there are large differences in how each perceives science-related issues.
How Americans View Government Agencies
The public continues to express positive views of many agencies of the federal government, even though overall trust in government is near historic lows.
Obama, in a Word
As public perceptions of Barack Obama have changed, so too have the words used to describe him. While familiar words like “good” and “incompetent” are used most frequently (as was the case in 2013) new words like “dictator” and “impressive” also have emerged.
Americans Support Stronger Ties with Cuba
Fully 63% of Americans approve of the Obama administration’s decision in December to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba after more than 50 years.
Americans’ Top Priorities for 2015
For the first time in five years, as many Americans cite defending the U.S. against terrorism (76%) as a top policy priority as say that about strengthening the nation’s economy (75%).
Social Media & Stress
Frequent use of social media is not directly related to higher stress. But stress can be contagious through social media channels: Social media users are often more aware of the stressful events in others’ lives, and this awareness itself can lead to higher stress.
Obama’s Job Rating Ticks Higher
President Obama enters the seventh year of his presidency with a 47% approval rating, up five points since December. Meanwhile, the public’s views of the U.S. economy have steadily improved.
Women and Leadership
Most Americans say women are every bit as capable of being good leaders as men, whether in political offices or in corporate boardrooms. So why, then, are they underrepresented in top jobs?
Americans’ Terrorism Worries Hold Steady After Paris Attacks
There has been little change in the public’s worries about an imminent terrorist attack in the United States, even in the aftermath of the deadly shootings in Paris.
Social Media Update 2014
While Facebook remains the most popular site, other platforms — like LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter — saw higher rates of growth over the past year. In 2014, 52% of online adults used two or more social media sites, up from 42% in 2013.