Americans’ expectations for the year ahead include an effective treatment or cure for COVID-19, as well as a vaccine to prevent the disease.
Also, a declining share of Republicans say the coronavirus is a major threat to health in the United States.
For Earth Day 2020, we take stock of public opinion in the United States about global climate change and the environment.
Americans see “social distancing” measures urged by public health officials to limit the spread of COVID-19 as generally appropriate.
About half of U.S. adults are wary of health effects of genetically modified foods, but many also see advantages
Views about the health effects of genetically modified foods grew more negative between 2016 and 2018 and have been steady since then.
In 2019, 74% of Americans said they had a mostly positive view of doctors; 68% had a mostly favorable view of medical research scientists.
Here is a roundup of key takeaways from our studies of U.S. public opinion about science issues and their effect on society.
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%.
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.
Around six-in-ten Democrats support increased spending for scientific research, compared with 40% of Republicans, a gap that has grown over time.