Here is a roundup of key takeaways from our studies of U.S. public opinion about science issues and their effect on society.
Solar and wind power use has grown rapidly in the past decade, but as of 2018 those sources accounted for under 4% of all energy used in the U.S.
As in 2016, 88% of U.S. adults say its benefits outweigh the risks. And the share who consider its preventive benefits to be “very high” rose by 11 points to 56%.
Most Americans say they're changing at least one everyday behavior to help protect the environment, but are they doing enough to make a difference?
Some 46% of U.S. homeowners say they have given serious thought to adding home solar panels in the past year, up from 40% in 2016.
About seven-in-ten in Pacific states say climate change is affecting their local community at least some. That compares with 54% in Mountain states.
A majority of U.S. adults say they are taking at least some specific action in their daily lives to protect the environment, though Democrats and Republicans remain at ideological odds over the causes of climate change and the effects of policies to address it.
There are significant divides between younger Republicans and their elders in the GOP on a range of environmental and energy issues.
The public is somewhat more positive about the effects of government funding on research and practitioner recommendations.
Around six-in-ten Democrats support increased spending for scientific research, compared with 40% of Republicans, a gap that has grown over time.