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.
Scientists and their work have an important place in every major aspect of American life. Many hope that advances in science will improve people's lives and enhance the economy.
Americans are consistently more likely to say that the U.S. spends too much on space exploration than too little.
We asked Americans how likely they thought five things were to happen by 2064. Here's what they said, and what science says.
Americans see the next half-century as a period of profound scientific change, but they don't agree on what will or won't come to pass.
Americans agree the next 50 years will be a period of profound scientific change, but they are divided on which developments will come to pass and whether they would be a good or bad thing for society.
Americans are largely optimistic about the long-term future of scientific progress, but concerned about some changes that might occur in the near future.
NASA's SpaceX launch could herald the beginning of the use of private, reusable rockets to service America’s space program.
While 60% of Americans believe in human evolution, a third reject the idea. Beliefs about evolution differ strongly by religious group and also vary by party affiliation, gender, age and education.
Six-in-ten Americans say that “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” while a third reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.”