U.S. Politics Dec. 21, 2009

Public Looks Back at Worst Decade in 50 Years

As the current decade draws to a close, relatively few Americans have positive things to say about it. But major technological and communications advances are viewed in an overwhelmingly positive light.

Religion Nov. 5, 2009

The Paradoxical Relationship of Religion and Science

While most embrace science and its benefits, strong religious convictions can affect some Americans’ willingness to accept certain theories and discoveries. A new report examines the history of science and religion, the debates about them and how the two have been both adversaries and allies.

U.S. Politics Jul. 15, 2009

“One Small Step” No Longer Seen as Such a Giant Leap for America

Four decades after the first American astronauts walked on the moon, that historic accomplishment has lost some prominence in the eyes of the public. Gen Y is especially spaced out.

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U.S. Politics Jul. 9, 2009

Quiz: How Much Science Do You Know?

To test your knowledge of scientific concepts and recent scientific findings and events, take our 12-item quiz, a mix of contemporary knowledge and text-book style questions, and find out how you stack up against the rest of the country.

U.S. Politics Jul. 9, 2009

Public Praises Science; Scientists Fault Public, Media

A new survey of scientists and the public finds large majorities holding positive views of science. But scientists are concerned about Americans’ ignorance of scientific findings and large differences exist between the two groups’ views on evolution and global warming. Still, overwhelming percentages in both groups think that government investments in science and technology pay off in the long run.

Religion May. 4, 2009

Can Science and Religion Co-Exist in Harmony?

Two experts — a geneticist and a religion writer and correspondent — discuss why they believe the current perceived conflict between evolution and faith is unnecessary and destructive.

Religion Apr. 16, 2009

Faith in Global Warming

The unaffiliated (58%) are the most likely to say there is solid evidence the earth is warming because of human activity while white evangelical Protestants (34%) are the least likely to believe in man-made global warming.

U.S. Politics Feb. 5, 2009

On Darwin’s 200th Birthday, Americans Still Divided About Evolution

Opinion polls over the past two decades have found the American public deeply divided — and confused — in its beliefs about the origins and development of life on earth.

Religion Feb. 4, 2009

Darwin Debated: Religion vs. Evolution

Two hundred years after Charles Darwin’s birth, and 150 years after he published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Americans are still fighting over evolution. If anything, the controversy has recently grown in both size and intensity. In a multi-part package, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life explores the many facets of the debate as it has evolved from its origins to the present day.