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Cary Funk is director of science and society research at Pew Research Center, where she has co-authored of a number of reports focused on public trust in science, including views connected with energy, climate, food science, childhood vaccines, and emerging science issues such as gene editing. Recent studies include “Science News and Information Today” and “Women and Men in STEM Often at Odds Over Workplace Equity.” She has specialized in public understanding of science topics since 2001 and has broad expertise in political and social attitudes, including American politics and elections, race and ethnicity, and religion. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, she directed the Virginia Commonwealth University Life Sciences Surveys, national surveys on science and biotechnology. She has served as an adviser for numerous projects about the science and engineering workforce and public opinion on science. She is currently on the editorial board of the Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society. Funk began her career at CBS News in New York, and in more recent years has served as an election night analyst for NBC News. She earned a doctorate and a master’s in social psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Pew Research CenterFebruary 6, 2019

How highly religious Americans view evolution depends on how they’re asked about it

Evolution remains a contentious issue. When asked about it, highly religious Americans’ responses can vary depending on how the question is asked.

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.

ScienceNovember 19, 2018

Americans are narrowly divided over health effects of genetically modified foods

About half of U.S. adults say genetically modified foods are worse for one’s health than non-GM foods, while 44% think GM foods ingredients are neither better nor worse for one’s health.

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.

Pew Research CenterJuly 26, 2018

More Americans anticipate downsides than upsides from gene editing for babies

About half of Americans believe that within the next 50 years science will find a way to eliminate virtually all birth defects through gene editing. Yet majorities of Americans harbor at least some reservations about the impact on society of more widespread use of gene editing.

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.

Pew Research CenterMay 14, 2018

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.