What Shapes America's Views on Science?

July 11, 2015
What shapes America's views on science?

A new report, explores where the public disagrees from scientists and what drives the disagreements.

The American public disagrees sharply with the scientific community on many key issues related to science, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

Disagreements span across science disciplines, reaching into climate change, evolution, food safety, space, animal research, biomedical engineering and government funding on science programs.

American opinion on science issues is often influenced by political party affiliation, age, education, gender, race or religion. On issues related to climate change, party affiliation and age were the greatest predictors. In contrast, on animal testing, gender was one of the largest factors predicting opinion.

Pew Research Center