Here is a roundup of key takeaways from our studies of U.S. public opinion about science issues and their effect on society.
The more confident people are that members of powerful groups behave unethically, the less likely they are to have confidence in that group’s performance.
Members of Congress and technology leaders are rated lower in empathy, transparency and ethics; public gives higher scores to military leaders, public school principals and police officers
Partisans have different levels of confidence when it comes to the type of personnel who hold government jobs – presidential appointees or career employees.
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.
Three-quarters of Republicans have a favorable opinion of the Supreme Court, compared with only about half of Democrats.
Americans believe trust has declined in the U.S., whether it involves citizens’ faith in each other or their confidence in the government.
Negative views of technology companies’ impact on the country have nearly doubled since 2015, from 17% to 33%.
Americans say the public’s trust has been declining in both the federal government and in their fellow citizens. But most say this can be turned around.
Many Americans think declining trust in the government and in each other makes it harder to solve key problems. They have a wealth of ideas about what’s gone wrong and how to fix it.