The higher education pipeline suggests a long path is ahead for increasing diversity, especially in fields like computing and engineering.
Biotechnology Research Viewed With Caution Globally, but Most Support Gene Editing for Babies To Treat Disease
Majorities say scientific research on gene editing is a misuse – rather than an appropriate use – of technology. But public acceptance of gene editing for babies depends on how it will be used, and views often differ by age and religion.
Concern about genetically modified foods is widespread, with about half of people in 20 publics saying these foods are unsafe to eat.
A median of 69% of adults across 20 global publics we surveyed are in favor of expanding the use of natural gas.
Majorities across 20 publics say government investments in scientific research are worthwhile and express a lot or some confidence in scientists to do what is right for the public.
Nearly seven-in-ten Americans think it is very important for the United States to be a world leader in scientific achievements.
There’s a 14-point gap between the shares of White and Black adults in the U.S. who say they have a great deal of confidence in scientists.
44% of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the scientific community, while 47% have only some confidence and 7% have hardly any.
Some 63% of Americans say climate change is currently affecting their local community either a great deal or some.
There is bipartisan support for several proposals to reduce the effects of climate change, especially for large scale tree-plantings to help absorb carbon emissions and offering tax credits to businesses that capture carbon emissions.