Many Americans who are highly religious and identify with certain Christian traditions express discomfort with human enhancement.
Who should be given priority if some hospitals do not have enough ventilators for all patients who need help breathing?
Americans are more likely to anticipate negative than positive effects from widespread use of gene-editing technology
Thanks to scientific advancements, brain chip implants are already being tested in individuals to help them cope with an injury or ailment. But when it comes to the potential use of such implants to give an already healthy and capable person abilities that they do not currently have, Americans are more wary than enthusiastic. Some […]
Americans are more worried than enthusiastic about using gene editing, brain chip implants and synthetic blood to change human capabilities
Focus group participants discuss biomedical developments that could boost the performance of people’s bodies and brains
A majority of the public says science and religion often conflict, but people’s sense that they do seems to have less to do with their own religious beliefs than their perception of others' beliefs.
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.
Different demographic groups think differently about scientific issues. For example, those more likely to think genetically modified food is unsafe include women, African-Americans and Hispanics, and those without college degrees. Those more likely to say parents should be able to decide whether to vaccinate their children include younger adults, Republicans and independents.
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.