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.
People in sub-Saharan Africa are optimistic about their future, but they also recognize that their countries face tremendous challenges — identifying health care and education as top concerns.
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.
This report provides a deeper examination of views about key science topics by members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The general public’s political views are strongly linked to their attitudes on climate and energy issues. But politics is a less important factor when it comes to biomedical, food safety and space issues.
A solid majority of U.S. Catholics believe that Earth is warming. But climate change is a highly politicized issue that sharply divides American Catholics, like the U.S. public as a whole, mainly along political party lines.
Most scientists (87%) believe it is important to participate in public policy debates. Almost half use social media to discuss or follow science, and nearly a quarter blog about science and research.
Different demographic groups think differently about scientific issues. For example, those more likely to think genetically modified food is unsafe include women, African-Americans and Hispanics, and those without college degrees.
An 83% majority of Americans — including majorities across virtually every demographic and partisan group — say vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) are safe for healthy children.
Both the American public and scientists value the contributions of science, but there are large differences in how each perceives science-related issues.