U.S. students’ academic achievement still lags that of their peers in many other countries
American students continue to rank around the middle of the pack, and behind many other advanced industrial nations, in international assessments of math, science and reading.
For Darwin Day, 6 facts about the evolution debate
62% of Americans say humans have evolved over time, while 34% reject evolution entirely.
Vast Majority of Americans Say Benefits of Childhood Vaccines Outweigh Risks
While most Americans support requiring childhood vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella, parents of young children rate the risks of the vaccine higher and the benefits lower.
Among high school seniors, interest in science varies by race, ethnicity
Asian and Pacific Islander high school seniors are the most likely to say they like science, while blacks are the least likely.
Health issues topped the list of scientific studies reaching wide audiences in 2016
Health care policy, space and evolution led the way.
People concerned about GM foods are particularly skeptical of information from food industry
Many Americans are distrustful of information provided by the food industry on GM foods, and those who are concerned about GM food issues are especially skeptical.
Younger generations stand out in their beliefs about organic, GM foods
Younger adults are more likely than older adults to think organic foods are better for their health and to believe GM foods are worse.
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 […]
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.
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.