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Key Points

  • Public confidence in science has declined sharply in recent years, with only 69 percent of Americans in May 2023 expressing confidence in scientists to act in the public's best interest, compared to 86 percent in January 2019.
  • Public confidence in science is starkly divided along partisan lines, but education, race, ethnicity, and religion also play significant roles.
  • Climate change remains a divisive issue among Americans, but evolution appears less divisive today than it did a decade and a half ago.
  • Party affiliation, age, education, media-consumption habits, and religious identity all influence Americans' views of vaccines, but institutional trust also plays an important role.