ScienceAugust 31, 2018

As debris piles up, Americans are skeptical enough will be done to limit space junk

Thousands of space launches have spawned a massive orbital junkyard. Many Americans are doubtful private companies will keep space clean of debris.

Pew Research CenterMay 16, 2018

Most Americans say climate change affects their local community, including two-thirds living near coast

Some 31% of Americans say the effects of climate change are affecting them personally.

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.

ScienceMay 14, 2018

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.

ScienceMarch 21, 2018

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.

Media & NewsJanuary 17, 2018

Americans interested in the environment are the most likely to feel civic obligation to follow science news

While there are many reasons that Americans get science news, the most common driver of attention to science news is curiosity, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center study. But people are also motivated to seek out science news for different reasons depending on the issues they care about most, with the environment being a prime example.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 14, 2017

Government Gets Lower Ratings for Handling Health Care, Environment, Disaster Response

Since 2015, opinions about the federal government’s handling of several major issues have become less positive and much more partisan.

ScienceDecember 8, 2017

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.

Media & NewsSeptember 20, 2017

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.

ScienceMay 16, 2017

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.