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  • Major Gaps Between the Public, Scientists on Key Issues

    • January 29, 2015

    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, from whether genetically modified foods are safe to eat to whether the world's growing population will be a major problem. Read More

  • Views on Science & Science-Related Policy

    • January 29, 2015

    Both the American public and scientists value the contributions of science, but there are large differences in how each perceives science-related issues. Read More

  • After Charlie Hebdo, Balancing Press Freedom and Respect for Religion

    • January 28, 2015

    Following attacks on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, U.S. public opinion of the appropriateness of the magazine’s cartoons of Prophet Muhammad show tension between free expression and religious tolerance. Read More

  • What’s in a Name? A Look at 2016’s Legacy Front-Runners

    • January 23, 2015

    By Andrew Kohut, Founding Director, Pew Research Center Special to The Washington Post.  The 2016 presidential campaign, now in full swing in the media and the political class, starts with a fundamental question: How can American voters, who are so dissatisfied with Washington politics and the state of the nation, name the wife of one […] Read More

  • How Americans View Government Agencies

    • January 22, 2015

    The public continues to express positive views of many agencies of the federal government, even though overall trust in government is near historic lows. Read More