Fact TankDecember 5, 2016

Many Americans are skeptical about scientific research on climate and GM foods

As public debates continue over a range of science-related topics, including climate change and the safety of eating genetically modified (GM) foods, Americans are largely skeptical about the degree to which scientists understand these two issues, whether there is scientific consensus on them, and the influences on scientists’ research. Recent Pew Research Center studies have […]

Fact TankDecember 2, 2016

Most Americans take conflicting food studies in stride

While a majority of Americans encounter conflicting news stories about food and healthy eating, most see it as a sign of continued progress in food science.

Fact TankDecember 1, 2016

Divides over food science tied to personal concerns about eating, health

Divides in public opinion over food are encapsulated by how people assess the health effects of two kinds of food: organic and genetically modified foods.

ScienceDecember 1, 2016

The New Food Fights: U.S. Public Divides Over Food Science

Differing views on benefits and risks of organic foods and GMOs as Americans report higher priority for healthy eating

ScienceNovember 17, 2016

Two ‘Varietals’ of Green-Oriented Americans

While some Americans are both “climate engaged” and “everyday environmentalists,” each group has a distinctive profile.

Fact TankOctober 31, 2016

Clinton, Trump supporters deeply divided over use of fossil fuel energy sources

Supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump disagree on whether to support or oppose expanding the production of a range of fossil fuel energy sources.

Fact TankOctober 24, 2016

As the need for highly trained scientists grows, a look at why people choose these careers

What leads people to a career in science? From a lifelong interest in science to the influence of mentors, working scientists explain why they pursued science.

Fact TankOctober 18, 2016

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.

ScienceOctober 4, 2016

The Politics of Climate

Americans are polarized over the causes and cures of climate change and how much they trust climate scientists, but most support a role for scientists in climate policy and expanding solar and wind energy.

Fact TankOctober 4, 2016

Conservative Republicans especially skeptical of climate scientists’ research and understanding

Amid wide partisan divides over climate issues, conservative Republicans are especially skeptical of climate scientists’ understanding and research.