Here is a roundup of key takeaways from our studies of U.S. public opinion about science issues and their effect on society.
The use of at-home DNA testing kits has raised concerns about whether consumers are comfortable with the use of their data by police.
Solar and wind power use has grown rapidly in the past decade, but as of 2018 those sources accounted for under 4% of all energy used in the U.S.
Some 46% of U.S. homeowners say they have given serious thought to adding home solar panels in the past year, up from 40% in 2016.
There are significant divides between younger Republicans and their elders in the GOP on a range of environmental and energy issues.
The public is somewhat more positive about the effects of government funding on research and practitioner recommendations.
Around six-in-ten Democrats support increased spending for scientific research, compared with 40% of Republicans, a gap that has grown over time.
The share of Americans calling global climate change a major threat to the U.S. has grown since 2013, an increase that has occurred largely among Democrats.
A strong majority of the American public thinks of science as having a positive effect on society, and most expect continued benefits to accrue from science in the years ahead.
About nine-in-ten Americans see research scientists as intelligent, while a smaller majority describe them as good communicators.