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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Americans Divided on Whether Recent Science Protests Will Benefit Scientists’ Causes
More Democrats and younger adults believe last month’s science marches will lead to public support for science, while Republicans and older adults tend to disagree.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.