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.

Fact Tank Jul. 17, 2015

5 facts about vaccines in the U.S.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation June 30 making it mandatory as of next July for children enrolled in public or private schools and day cares to be vaccinated, ending the state’s policy that allowed personal and religious exemptions to vaccine requirements.

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. 25, 2015

From the very start, sharp partisan divisions over Obamacare

Six years ago, when the legislation was still being debated, 61% of Democrats and just 12% of Republicans favored the proposal. In the five years since the ACA became law, those differences have endured.

Internet & Tech Feb. 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.

U.S. Politics Feb. 9, 2015

Large Majority Views Measles Vaccine as Safe

An 83% majority of Americans — including majorities across virtually every demographic and partisan group — say vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) are safe for healthy children.

Fact Tank Feb. 2, 2015

Young adults more likely to say vaccinating kids should be a parental choice

A majority of Americans think children should be required to get vaccinated. Young adults more likely to say vaccinating kids should be a parental choice.

Fact Tank Dec. 3, 2014

Health Affairs: Among 11 nations, American seniors struggle more with health costs

Older Americans say Medicare is working well, but they report more problems paying for health care than seniors in 10 other advanced economies, according to a survey published in the journal Health Affairs.

Fact Tank Oct. 22, 2014

Americans of all ages divided over doctor-assisted suicide laws

Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer, has gone public with her plans to take her own life. Most Americans say there are circumstances in which a patient should be allowed to die, but the public is split on laws about doctor-assisted suicide.