Democrats and Republicans differ over role and value of scientists in policy debates
Most Democrats think scientists should take an active role in policy debates, while 56% of Republicans say they should focus on establishing sound scientific facts.
Americans broadly favor government funding for medical and science research
Many Americans say government investments in medical research, engineering and technology or basic scientific research usually pay off in the long run.
Majority of Americans Believe It Is Essential That the U.S. Remain a Global Leader in Space
Despite the increasing role of private companies in space exploration, most believe NASA’s role is still vital for future
Majorities See Government Efforts to Protect the Environment as Insufficient
At the same time, Americans are closely divided over whether or not it is possible to cut back on regulations while still effectively protecting air and water quality.
Public Divides Over Environmental Regulation and Energy Policy
Americans lean toward regulations – not economic markets alone – as the most effective way to increase reliance on renewable energy, but they are evenly split on whether fewer regulations can protect air and water.
Americans Divided on Whether Recent Science Protests Will Benefit Scientists’ Causes
More Democrats and younger adults believe last month's science marches will lead to public support for science, while Republicans and older adults tend to disagree.
The Politics of Climate
Americans are polarized over the causes and cures of climate change and how much they trust climate scientists, but most support a role for scientists in climate policy and expanding solar and wind energy.
Americans divided on government’s role in space exploration
From the moon landings to Star Wars, Americans have long had a fascination with space and affection for NASA, but today’s public is divided on what role their government should play in future space exploration.
Americans, Politics and Science Issues
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.
NASA popularity still sky-high
NASA continues to be very popular among the public, with four times as many Americans holding a favorable view of the space agency as unfavorable (68% vs. 17%).
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