Majority of Americans say scientists don’t have an ideological slant
64% of Americans perceive scientists as neither liberal nor conservative.
Global Concern About Climate Change
A global median of 54% consider climate change a very serious problem. But there are regional differences on the issue, with the U.S. and China among the least concerned.
5 facts about the interplay between religion and science
Religion and science have often been seen as being in conflict. But are religious faith and the scientific enterprise really at odds with each other?
Are science and religion in conflict with each other?
A majority of the public says science and religion often conflict, but fewer say science conflicts with their own beliefs. And highly religious Americans are less likely than others to see conflict between faith and science.
Religion and Science
A majority of the public says science and religion often conflict, but people’s sense that they do seems to have less to do with their own religious beliefs than their perception of others’ beliefs.
The art and science of the scatterplot
This type of chart is growing more popular, but just half of those with a high school education or less correctly interpreted one in our science quiz.
The race gap in science knowledge
When asked a series of 12 science-related questions, whites, on average, fared better than blacks or Hispanics. What’s behind this knowledge gap?
Does water’s boiling point change with altitude? Americans aren’t sure
Only 34% of Americans correctly answered a question about the difference (if any) between boiling water in Los Angeles and Denver. So what’s the right answer, and why?
Science Knowledge Quiz
Who developed the polio vaccine? Does water boil at different temperatures based on altitude? Which is the hottest of Earth’s three layers? Take our science quiz and see how you compare with Americans overall.
A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that most Americans can answer basic questions about several scientific terms and concepts, such as the layers of the Earth and the elements needed to make nuclear energy.