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.
Scientists and their work have an important place in every major aspect of American life. Many hope that advances in science will improve people's lives and enhance the economy.
Americans are becoming more aware of the domestic energy boom and the recent drop in gas prices. Yet, views of energy policies have changed only modestly since 2011.
Most people (58%) express little or no concern about becoming exposed to Ebola, though that is down from 67% in early October.
Most Americans have at least a fair amount of confidence in the government’s ability to prevent a major outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. And relatively few are concerned that they or a family member will be exposed to the virus.
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.
While Republicans and independents continue to favor constructing the Keystone XL pipeline, Democrats are divided. Opposition to the pipeline is most widespread among highly educated Democrats, liberals and Democrats with high family incomes.
While 60% of Americans believe in human evolution, a third reject the idea. Beliefs about evolution differ strongly by religious group and also vary by party affiliation, gender, age and education.
The 45% of U.S. adults living with one or more chronic health conditions are less likely than other adults to go online. But once they are online, they are more likely to be active users of online health resources.