Fact Tank Jul. 1, 2015

5 key takeaways on what influences Americans’ views of science

Politics are at the center of Americans’ views on many, but not all, science issues. Here are five facts from our new report.

Internet & Tech Jul. 1, 2015

Americans, Politics and Science Issues

The general public’s political views are strongly linked to their attitudes on climate and energy issues. But politics is a less important factor when it comes to biomedical, food safety and space issues.

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Internet & Tech Jul. 1, 2015

Major Gaps Between the Public, Scientists on Key Issues

Despite broadly similar views about the overall place of science in America, there are striking differences between the public and scientists’ views on a host of science-related issues, from whether genetically modified foods are safe to eat to whether the world’s growing population will be a major problem.

Fact Tank Jun. 17, 2015

U.S. Catholics less positive toward pope on environment, sex abuse scandal than other issues

55% of Catholics rated Francis positively on addressing sex abuse, and 53% gave him high marks on environmental issues. But these were two out of nine areas in which Francis drew the least positive ratings.

Fact Tank Jun. 16, 2015

Ideological divide over global warming as wide as ever

Pope Francis will publish an encyclical addressing environmental issues and climate change this Thursday, a subject that continues to deeply divide Americans, including Catholics, along partisan and ideological lines.

Religion Jun. 16, 2015

Catholics Divided Over Global Warming

A solid majority of U.S. Catholics believe that Earth is warming. But climate change is a highly politicized issue that sharply divides American Catholics, like the U.S. public as a whole, mainly along political party lines.

Fact Tank Jun. 9, 2015

A look at popes and their encyclicals

Popes have written encyclicals on an array of topics, ranging from the nature of work to the virginity of Jesus’ mother, Mary.

Fact Tank May. 18, 2015

With trade on Congress’ agenda, just what does the U.S. import and export?

Though crude oil continues to be the nation’s single biggest import, energy exports have risen sharply. Exports of some metals and agricultural products also have grown rapidly.

Fact Tank Apr. 17, 2015

5 facts about the BP oil spill

The 2010 spill was one of the two biggest stories of the year in terms of news interest. Support for offshore drilling plummeted, but has largely recovered.

Fact Tank Feb. 27, 2015

Hispanics more likely than whites to say global warming is caused by humans

Two-thirds of Hispanics say the Earth is warming mostly because of human activity like burning fossil fuels, while about half of blacks and 41% of whites say the same.