Public Opinion on Religion and Science in the United States

  • November 05, 2009

The United States is the most religious industrial democracy in the world. At the same time, the U.S. is a science superpower, leading the world in many key areas of scientific research and in most fields of technological development. While this combination of widespread religious commitment and leadership in science and technology could be a potential source of conflict, evidence from a May 2009 survey of public attitudes toward science conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that most Americans, including most religious Americans, hold scientific research and scientists themselves in high regard.

Indeed, while there are a few areas of conflict between science and religion in the United States, particularly regarding questions of life's origins, more than eight-in-ten Americans (84% in the recent Pew Research Center survey) say they view science as having a mostly positive impact on society. Among those who attend religious services at least once a week, the number is roughly the same (80%).

Read the full report Public Opinion on Religion and Science in the United States on the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life's Web site.