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.
For Fact Tank’s anniversary, a look back at the news in the numbers
Here’s a roundup of our most-visited blog posts over the past year, along with some insights into the editorial thinking behind them.
Conservatives are among the most politically active Americans
By several measures, conservative Republicans – and conservatives more generally – are more politically active than most other segments of the population.
5 facts about consistent conservatives
Our research on political polarization found that 9% of Americans, and 20% of Republicans and Republican leaners, express consistently conservative views.
State of the Union 2015: How Americans see the nation, their leaders and the issues
As President Obama delivers the State of the Union address Jan. 20, here’s a primer of U.S. public opinion on top issues, the state of the nation and the country’s political leaders.
A public opinion trend that matters: Priorities for gun policy
Surveys have found a shift in gun policy attitudes over time. Here’s a look at how public opinion on the subject is measured.
The Politics of Financial Insecurity
While the least financially secure Americans are more likely to back Democrats, that support is undercut by low political participation. Those who are financially insecure are far more likely to opt out of the political system altogether.
5 key takeaways about political engagement in emerging and developing nations
Beginning with the Arab Spring, high-profile protest movements erupted in several emerging and developing countries over the last few years. Millions have demonstrated, and activists have pioneered new forms of online engagement, but who really participates, and how?
Why can’t we all get along? Challenges ahead for bipartisan cooperation
President Obama meets Friday with Republican leaders after their election day victories to talk about cooperation on key issues. We review the public opinion challenges facing both parties in any quest for bipartisanship.