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A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science

About This Report

This report examines the general public’s knowledge about 12 science-related topics. The data were collected on the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel. This report also includes a series of tables with findings from the new Pew Research survey and from previous Pew Research studies on science knowledge to allow for comparisons across a wider array of questions and topics.

This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at

Cary Funk, Associate Director, Research Sara Kehaulani Goo, Senior Digital Editor Brian Kennedy, Research Associate Lee Rainie, Director Internet, Science, and Technology Research Monica Anderson, Research Analyst Kenneth Olmstead, Research Associate Andrew Perrin, Research Assistant Dana Page, Senior Communications Manager David Kent, Copy Editor Margaret Porteus, Information Graphics Designer Shannon Greenwood, Assistant Digital Producer Scott Keeter, Director, Survey Research Kyley McGeeney, Research Methodologist Ruth Igielnik, Research Associate Andrew Mercer, Research Methodologist

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