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.

Internet & Tech Jan. 29, 2015

Views on Science & Science-Related Policy

Both the American public and scientists value the contributions of science, but there are large differences in how each perceives science-related issues.

Fact Tank Jan. 29, 2015

Why Pew Research Center is going deeper on science

While we have explored science-related issues in the past, our new science publication marks a more formal commitment to studying the intersection of science with all aspects of society – from public opinion, to politics and policymaking, to religious and ethical considerations, to education and the economy.

Fact Tank Jan. 29, 2015

5 key findings on what Americans and scientists think about science

Scientific innovation and discovery touches all aspects of American life, from medical care to the food we eat and the technologies we rely on in our daily activities. Here are five takeaways from our new report, drawing on surveys of both scientists and the general public.

Fact Tank Apr. 23, 2014

Americans keen on space exploration, less so on paying for it

Americans are consistently more likely to say that the U.S. spends too much on space exploration than too little.

Fact Tank Apr. 17, 2014

Reality check: How close are we to teleportation and Mars colonies?

We asked Americans how likely they thought five things were to happen by 2064. Here’s what they said, and what science says.

Fact Tank Apr. 17, 2014

From teleportation to robot servants: Americans’ predictions and dreams for the future

Americans see the next half-century as a period of profound scientific change, but they don’t agree on what will or won’t come to pass.

Internet & Tech Apr. 17, 2014

Technology and Science in the Future

Americans agree the next 50 years will be a period of profound scientific change, but they are divided on which developments will come to pass and whether they would be a good or bad thing for society.

Fact Tank Apr. 14, 2014

SpaceX launch illustrates NASA’s growing use of private companies

NASA’s SpaceX launch could herald the beginning of the use of private, reusable rockets to service America’s space program.