Major Gaps Between the Public, Scientists on Key Issues
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.
Americans, Politics and Science Issues
The general public’s political views are strongly linked to their attitudes on climate and energy issues. But politics is a less important factor on biomedical, food safety, space issues.
Social Media and Political Engagement
66% of social media users have employed the platforms for at least one of eight civic or political activities with social media
Social networking sites and politics
18% of users have shunned “friends” who have different ideas and 16% have found friends whose beliefs match their own
The Internet and the 2010 Midterms
Summary of research findings from Pew Internet’s 2010 post-election survey.
22% of online Americans used social networking or Twitter for politics in 2010 campaign
Republicans catch up to Democrats in social media use for politics as social media became a regular part of the political environment in the 2010 midyear elections
Are opportunities for online engagement bringing new voices into the civic debate?
Aaron Smith discusses the role the Internet plays in opening civic and political debate to historically underrepresented groups.
The Internet and Civic Engagement
Just as in offline politics, the well-off and well-educated are especially likely to participate in online activities that mirror offline forms of engagement. But there are hints that social media may alter this pattern.
Broadband’s Impact on Citizen Engagement
The goal of this FCC workshop was to assess, and facilitate a conversation about, the current state of data on broadband adoption and utilization, as well as the associated measurement and other challenges. Susannah Fox discussed the Pew Internet …
Post-Election Voter Engagement
Voters expect that the level of public engagement they experienced with Barack Obama during the campaign, much of it occurring online, will continue into the early period of his new administration.