How Americans view the top energy and environmental issues
President Obama and the GOP-controlled Congress have sharp differences on environmental and energy issues. Here’s a look at where public opinion stands.
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Partisans differ sharply on power plant emissions limits, climate change
Overall, a majority of Americans support stricter limits on power plant emissions, but as with climate change, the views of Democrats differ markedly from those of Republicans.
An Elaboration of AAAS Scientists’ Views
This report provides a deeper examination of views about key science topics by members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
American, Israeli publics see Iran’s nuclear program as a top global threat
A new 40-nation Pew Research Center survey finds that concern over Iran’s nuclear program is greater in the United States and Israel than among other global publics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.