Most Americans trust the military and scientists to act in the public’s interest
Three-quarters or more of Americans are confident in the military, medical scientists and scientists in general to act in the best interests of the public. But fewer than half report similar confidence in the news media, business leaders and elected officials.
Half of Americans Say Threats From Infectious Diseases Are Growing
The rise of the Zika virus has caught public attention, and people are particularly worried about its threat to pregnant women
The race gap in science knowledge
When asked a series of 12 science-related questions, whites, on average, fared better than blacks or Hispanics. What’s behind this knowledge gap?
Does water’s boiling point change with altitude? Americans aren’t sure
Only 34% of Americans correctly answered a question about the difference (if any) between boiling water in Los Angeles and Denver. So what’s the right answer, and why?
Science Knowledge Quiz
Who developed the polio vaccine? Does water boil at different temperatures based on altitude? Which is the hottest of Earth’s three layers? Take our science quiz and see how you compare with Americans overall.
A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that most Americans can answer basic questions about several scientific terms and concepts, such as the layers of the Earth and the elements needed to make nuclear energy.
Dim public awareness of Supreme Court as major rulings loom
The U.S. Supreme Court remains an institution whose members – and even the facts about some of its most important decisions – are a mystery to many Americans.
What the Public Knows — In Pictures, Words, Maps and Graphs
The latest Pew Research Center News IQ survey finds that, nearly half a century after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., an overwhelming majority of Americans (91%) are able to identify the civil rights leader from his picture.
Quiz: Test Your News Knowledge
Take our latest News IQ quiz and see how you compare to the others who answered the questions as part of a national survey.
Who’s in charge of the Fed? Don’t bank on public knowing the answer
Just 24% of Americans can correctly pick out Janet Yellen — from a list of four — as the chair of the Federal Reserve Board.