MethodsApril 27, 2017

Q&A: Using Google search data to study public interest in the Flint water crisis

Read an interview with Director of Journalism Research Amy Mitchell, who helped author the study.

ScienceApril 20, 2017

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 Richard Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency, and the nation observed its first Earth Day – created by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson – on April 22, 1970. Nearly a half century later, Earth Day has expanded […]

ScienceMarch 22, 2017

How much does science knowledge influence people’s views on climate change and energy issues?

People’s level of science knowledge helps to a degree to explain their beliefs about climate and energy issues, but it depends on their partisanship.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 21, 2017

Public divided over Keystone XL, Dakota pipelines; Democrats turn decisively against Keystone

Public support for the Keystone XL pipeline has fallen since 2014, largely because of a sharp decline among Democrats.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 23, 2017

Two-thirds of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy over fossil fuels

Support for focusing on alternative energy development (is up slightly since December 2014, but wide political differences remain.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 10, 2017

How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency

Pew Research Center President Michael Dimock examines the changes – some profound, some subtle – that the U.S. experienced during Barack Obama’s presidency.

Fact TankDecember 14, 2016

Most Americans favor stricter environmental laws and regulations

A majority of U.S. adults say stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost, while roughly a third say such regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy.

Fact TankDecember 5, 2016

Many Americans are skeptical about scientific research on climate and GM foods

As public debates continue over a range of science-related topics, including climate change and the safety of eating genetically modified (GM) foods, Americans are largely skeptical about the degree to which scientists understand these two issues, whether there is scientific consensus on them, and the influences on scientists’ research. Recent Pew Research Center studies have […]

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

ScienceNovember 17, 2016

Two ‘Varietals’ of Green-Oriented Americans

While some Americans are both “climate engaged” and “everyday environmentalists,” each group has a distinctive profile.