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Public’s Knowledge of Science and Technology | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
"The public’s knowledge of science and technology varies widely across a range of questions on current topics and basic scientific concepts, according to a new quiz by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine."
science  technology  public  poll  public-understanding  knowledge  education  national  pew-research  sts 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Poll: Americans Confidence In Television Media Falls To All-Time Low | Mediaite
"A new Gallup poll released Tuesday shows that Americans confidence in television news media, which has been on a downward trajectory for decades, has slid to a historic low. Only 21 percent of adults now express confidence in television news media."
media  journalism  poll  confidence  trust 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Social networking sites and our lives | Pew Research Center's Internet
Questions have been raised about the social impact of widespread use of social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter. Do these technologies isolate people and truncate their relationships? Or are there benefits associated with being connected to others in this way? The Pew Research Center’s Internet
internet  social-networking  social-media  research  poll  psychology 
june 2011 by tsuomela
Americans Vastly Underestimate Wealth Inequality, Support 'More Equal Distribution Of Wealth': Study
"More interesting than that, the report says, is that the respondents (a randomly selected 5,522-person sample, reflecting the country's ideological, economic and gender demographics, surveyed in December 2005) believed the top 20 percent should own only 32 percent of the wealth. Respondents with incomes over $100,000 per year had similar answers to those making less than $50,000. (The report has helpful, multi-colored charts.)

The respondents were presented with unlabeled pie charts representing the wealth distributions of the U.S., where the richest 20 percent controlled about 84 percent of wealth, and Sweden, where the top 20 percent only controlled 36 percent of wealth. Without knowing which country they were picking, 92 percent of respondents said they'd rather live in a country with Sweden's wealth distribution."
income-distribution  income  wealth  inequality  american  distribution  poll 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Chris Mooney: Science Rocks -- If Only it Could Catch America's Attention
We need to mobilize American kids to want to be scientists; and American adults to see how science -- and the policies tied to it -- affect to their lives and our future. Science has to stop being something those strange other people do; it has to be something we all live and breathe.

In this context, if a group of rock stars can cast some refracted light -- if that's what it takes -- then so much the better. We'll all benefit in ways each of us can understand -- in health, jobs, prosperity and quality of life. And, oh yeah: We'll understand ourselves, and the universe, a little bit better.
science  public-relations  advertising  poll  public  understanding 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Terry Heaton’s PoMo Blog » Blog Archive » What really started the decline in press trust?
The truth, according to the folks at Gallup, who’ve been following this since 1973, is that trust in the press began its decline in 1976. It has sharply declined ever since until today, 57% of Americans have little or no trust in the press to report the news “fully, accurately and fairly.” So a full 20 years prior to the Internet or Fox News, trust in the press began its slide.
The press changed forever during and in the wake of Watergate. Never before had the press “brought down” a sitting President of the United States. The Washington Post did this through an FBI source that we now know had an agenda.
But nobody asked the American public — that relentless cultural governor that we enjoy — if this was all right with them. Maybe the idea that a small group of people with the power to take down a sitting President wasn’t or isn’t to their liking. Perhaps it’s not so good for democracy.
media  media-studies  history  journalism  trust  1970s  poll 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Americans Are of Two Minds on Trade - Pew Research Center
The public is of two minds when it comes to trade with other countries. Most Americans say that increased trade with Canada, Japan and European Union countries -- as well as India, Brazil and Mexico -- would be good for the United States. But reactions are mixed to increased trade with South Korea and China.

More generally, there is increased skepticism about the impact of trade agreements such as NAFTA and the policies of the World Trade Organization. Roughly a third (35%) say that free trade agreements have been good for the United States, while 44% say they have been bad for the U.S.
polling  poll  trade  international  free-trade  american 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog: So who *is* the most important philosopher of the past 200 years?
Ludwig Wittgenstein trumps all comers in poll of most important philosopher in last 200 years.
philosophy  poll  20c  19c 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Gallup Brain
The Gallup Brain is a searchable, living record of more than 70 years of public opinion. Inside, you'll find answers to hundreds of thousands of questions, and responses from millions of people interviewed by The Gallup Poll since 1935.
politics  poll  database  search  public-opinion 
august 2008 by tsuomela

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