Fact Tank Jul. 1, 2015

5 key takeaways on what influences Americans’ views of science

Politics are at the center of Americans’ views on many, but not all, science issues. Here are five facts from our new report.

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 Mar. 3, 2015

Opinions on expanding access to experimental drugs differ by race, income

Generally, higher-income adults and college degree earners are more likely than others to favor greater availability, and African-Americans are significantly less supportive of the idea.

Internet & Tech Feb. 15, 2015

How Scientists Engage the Public

Most scientists (87%) believe it is important to participate in public policy debates. Almost half use social media to discuss or follow science, and nearly a quarter blog about science and research.

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.

Fact Tank Feb. 12, 2015

On Darwin Day, 5 facts about the evolution debate

Here are five facts about the public’s views on evolution and other aspects of the human origins debate in the U. S. and elsewhere.

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 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 Feb. 2, 2015

U.S. students improving – slowly – in math and science, but still lagging internationally

Scientists and the general public agree that K-12 STEM education in the U.S. leaves much to be desired, and test results appear to back them up.