About a third of Americans would tell a high schooler seeking career advice to enter a STEM-related field
In giving career advice to high schoolers, younger Americans encourage them to follow their dreams while older adults tell them to get jobs in a STEM field.
Shows and films about crime, medicine help foster a positive view of scientists, say many Americans
Many Americans are exposed to science through TV and movies, and they come away with a positive impression of working in science, technology and medicine.
Most Americans get their science news from general outlets, but many doubt their accuracy
Where do Americans go to stay informed about science topics? Here are some key takeaways about Americans’ science news habits today.
Science News and Information Today
Overall, 36% of Americans get science news at least a few times a week and three-in-ten actively seek it. Most get science news from general news outlets, but more see specialty sources as being accurate.
Americans divided on gene editing, with parents of minors more wary
The U.S. public has mixed views on using gene editing to reduce babies’ risk of serious diseases, with parents of children younger than 18 especially wary.
Most patients in U.S. have high praise for their health care providers
While many physicians in the United States report frustrations with their work, the public continues to hold health care providers in high regard.
More foreign grads of U.S. colleges are staying in the country to work
Read key facts about foreign graduates of U.S. colleges working in the country under the Optional Practical Training program.
Public Divides Over Environmental Regulation and Energy Policy
Americans lean toward regulations – not economic markets alone – as the most effective way to increase reliance on renewable energy, but they are evenly split on whether fewer regulations can protect air and water.
Americans Divided on Whether Recent Science Protests Will Benefit Scientists’ Causes
More Democrats and younger adults believe last month’s science marches will lead to public support for science, while Republicans and older adults tend to disagree.
Democrats far more supportive than Republicans of federal spending for scientific research
Six-in-ten Democrats back increased federal spending for scientific research, compared with one third of Republicans.