ScienceFebruary 7, 2017

Majorities in all major religious groups support requiring childhood vaccination

Still, white evangelical Protestants and religious “nones” are somewhat less likely than members of other religious groups to support a vaccine requirement.

ScienceFebruary 6, 2017

Parents of young children are more ‘vaccine hesitant’

Parents with children ages 4 or younger are more concerned than other Americans about the potential risk of side effects from the MMR vaccine.

ScienceFebruary 2, 2017

Vast Majority of Americans Say Benefits of Childhood Vaccines Outweigh Risks

While most Americans support requiring childhood vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella, parents of young children rate the risks of the vaccine higher and the benefits lower.

Fact TankDecember 28, 2016

Health issues topped the list of scientific studies reaching wide audiences in 2016

Health care policy, space and evolution led the way.

Fact TankDecember 13, 2016

What’s on your table? How America’s diet has changed over the decades

We’re eating more chicken, cheese and yogurt, but less beef, margarine and ice cream.

Fact TankDecember 9, 2016

People concerned about GM foods are particularly skeptical of information from food industry

Many Americans are distrustful of information provided by the food industry on GM foods, and those who are concerned about GM food issues are especially skeptical.

Fact TankDecember 7, 2016

Younger generations stand out in their beliefs about organic, GM foods

Younger adults are more likely than older adults to think organic foods are better for their health and to believe GM foods are worse.

Fact TankDecember 5, 2016

Many Americans are skeptical about scientific research on climate and GM foods

As public debates continue over a range of science-related topics, including climate change and the safety of eating genetically modified (GM) foods, Americans are largely skeptical about the degree to which scientists understand these two issues, whether there is scientific consensus on them, and the influences on scientists’ research. Recent Pew Research Center studies have […]

Fact TankDecember 1, 2016

Divides over food science tied to personal concerns about eating, health

Divides in public opinion over food are encapsulated by how people assess the health effects of two kinds of food: organic and genetically modified foods.

ScienceDecember 1, 2016

The New Food Fights: U.S. Public Divides Over Food Science

Differing views on benefits and risks of organic foods and GMOs as Americans report higher priority for healthy eating