Fact TankJune 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 TankJune 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.

Pew Research CenterJune 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 TankJune 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 TankMay 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 TankApril 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 TankFebruary 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.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 12, 2015

How Different Groups Think about Scientific Issues

Different demographic groups think differently about scientific issues. For example, those more likely to think genetically modified food is unsafe include women, African-Americans and Hispanics, and those without college degrees.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 29, 2015

Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society

Both the American public and scientists value the contributions of science, but there are large differences in how each perceives science-related issues.

Fact TankJanuary 15, 2015

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.