Many who use social media say they regularly see false or misleading content, but also view these platforms as offering new avenues for political engagement.
While some Americans are both “climate engaged” and “everyday environmentalists,” each group has a distinctive profile.
Some Americans enjoy the opportunities for political debate and engagement that social media facilitates, but many more express resignation, frustration over the tone and content of social platforms.
Americans are polarized over the causes and cures of climate change and how much they trust climate scientists, but most support a role for scientists in climate policy and expanding solar and wind energy.
A deeper examination of views about key science topics by members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Despite broadly similar views about the overall place of science in America, there are striking differences between the public and scientists’ views on a host of science-related issues, from whether genetically modified foods are safe to eat to whether the world’s growing population will be a major problem.
The general public’s political views are strongly linked to their attitudes on climate and energy issues. But politics is a less important factor on biomedical, food safety, space issues.
66% of social media users have employed the platforms for at least one of eight civic or political activities with social media
18% of users have shunned "friends" who have different ideas and 16% have found friends whose beliefs match their own
Summary of research findings from Pew Internet's 2010 post-election survey.