Internet & Tech Jul. 23, 2015

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.

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.

Fact Tank Feb. 3, 2015

NASA popularity still sky-high

NASA continues to be very popular among the public, with four times as many Americans holding a favorable view of the space agency as unfavorable (68% vs. 17%).

Fact Tank Jan. 28, 2015

Budget deficit dropping, but public still concerned

While the $467.5 billion deficit projection for fiscal 2015 is the lowest since 2007, the nonpartisan agency predicts higher deficits in the years to come. Meanwhile, the public’s concerns about reducing the deficit have varied over the past two decades, according to the Pew Research Center’s annual policy priorities surveys.

Fact Tank Feb. 24, 2014

Plurality of Americans support current level of defense spending

A plurality of Americans say defense spending should be kept at current levels.

U.S. Politics Dec. 19, 2013

Public Resists Entitlement Cuts in Deficit Debate

Majorities of Americans say it is more important to maintain spending on Social Security and Medicare and programs to help the poor than to take steps to reduce the budget deficit.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2013

Public Closely Tracks Shutdown Resolution

The public closely tracked the resolution to the government shutdown and increase in the debt limit, with nearly half (49%) saying they followed news very closely and 30% saying they followed news somewhat closely.

Fact Tank Oct. 18, 2013

Chart of the Week: The geography of the House’s conservative core

More than half of House Republicans who wanted to use the appropriations process to de-fund the Affordable Care Act are from the South.

Fact Tank Oct. 16, 2013

5 facts about Social Security

As Washington wrangles over the budget deadlock, a look at how Social Security works.

U.S. Politics Oct. 15, 2013

More Concern About the Debt Limit, But Skepticism Persists

Public concern over breaching the debt limit deadline has risen only slightly from a week ago. Among those who see no dire economic consequences from missing the Thursday deadline, most say there is no need to raise the debt limit at all.