ScienceDecember 1, 2016

The New Food Fights: U.S. Public Divides Over Food Science

Differing views on benefits and risks of organic foods and GMOs as Americans report higher priority for healthy eating

ScienceOctober 31, 2016

Clinton, Trump supporters deeply divided over use of fossil fuel energy sources

Supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump disagree on whether to support or oppose expanding the production of a range of fossil fuel energy sources.

ScienceOctober 10, 2016

Clinton, Trump supporters worlds apart on views of climate change and its scientists

Differences between Clinton and Trump supporters mirror a deep divide between Democrats and Republicans in their views on climate change and climate scientists.

ScienceOctober 7, 2016

Perceptions and realities of recycling vary widely from place to place

The rules, practices and norms around recycling vary considerably from place to place – contributing to dramatically different local recycling levels and rates at which different materials are recovered.

ScienceOctober 5, 2016

Americans strongly favor expanding solar power to help address costs and environmental concerns

Almost nine-in-ten U.S. adults (89%) favor expanding use of solar power, while only 9% oppose it. Western homeowners are particularly likely to say they have already installed or are considering solar panels at home.

ScienceOctober 4, 2016

The Politics of Climate

Americans are polarized over the causes and cures of climate change and how much they trust climate scientists, but most support a role for scientists in climate policy and expanding solar and wind energy.

ScienceOctober 4, 2016

Conservative Republicans especially skeptical of climate scientists’ research and understanding

Amid wide partisan divides over climate issues, conservative Republicans are especially skeptical of climate scientists’ understanding and research.

ScienceApril 22, 2016

For Earth Day, here’s how Americans view environmental issues

The 1970s were an important era for American environmentalism. Congress passed the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, President Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency, and the nation’s first Earth Day – created by Democratic Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin – was held on April 22, 1970. Forty-six years later, Earth Day has […]

GlobalApril 18, 2016

What the world thinks about climate change in 7 charts

On April 22, leaders and representatives from more than 150 countries will gather at the United Nations to sign the global climate change agreement reached in Paris in December. Pew Research Center’s spring 2015 survey found that people around the world are concerned about climate change and want their governments to take action. Here are […]

April 8, 2016

From multiracial children to gender identity, what some demographers are studying now

The nation’s largest annual demography conference, the Population Association of America meeting, featured new research on topics including couples who live in separate homes, children of multiracial couples, transgender Americans, immigration law enforcement and how climate change affects migration.