Climate Change in the American Mind

This report documents an upward trend in Americans’ concern about global warming, as reflected in several key indicators tracked since 2008, including substantial increases in Americans’ certainty that global warming is happening and harming people in the United States now. The percentage of Americans that are very worried about global […] Read more »

The More Education Republicans Have, the Less They Tend to Believe in Climate Change

An exhaustive scientific report unveiled this month concluded that the earth is experiencing the warmest period in recorded history and that humans are the dominant cause of the temperature rise observed since the mid-20th century. That consensus does not extend to the American public. Climate change divides Americans, but in […] Read more »

Polarized Opinion on Climate Change and Messages that Move Conservatives

Despite increasing scientific consensus on human-caused climate change, the parties are growing increasingly divided. Matt Grossmann talks to Megan Mulling [sic] about new research on climate polarization, the factors that influence climate opinion, and how to manage the partisan divide. He also talks to Graham Dixon about a new experiment […] Read more »

Beyond Misinformation: Understanding and coping with the post-truth era

The terms “post-truth” and “fake news” have become increasingly prevalent in public discourse over the last year. This article explores the growing abundance of misinformation, how it influences people, and how to counter it. We examine the ways in which misinformation can have an adverse impact on society. We summarize […] Read more »

A record number of Americans viewed the 2017 solar eclipse

Eighty-eight percent of American adults viewed the August total solar eclipse directly or electronically. This audience of 215 million adults is nearly twice the size of the viewership of recent Super Bowl football games. A national study of American adults conducted by the University of Michigan under a cooperative agreement […] Read more »

Climate Change in the Latino Mind

This report focuses on a critical demographic in the United States – Latinos. Currently 17% of the U.S. population (more than 58 million people) and the second-largest racial/ethnic group in the nation, Latinos are a fast-growing demographic projected to reach 24% of the population by 2065, while non-Latino whites will […] Read more »

Science News and Information Today

At a time when scientific information is increasingly at the center of public divides, most Americans say they get science news no more than a couple of times per month, and when they do, most say it is by happenstance rather than intentionally, according to a new study by Pew […] Read more »

‘Is truth overrated?’ What the experts say

Is speaking some evil really so bad? VMKphotos/shutterstock Daniel Klyn, University of Michigan; Christopher Beem, Pennsylvania State University; Maryanne Reed, West Virginia University, and Troy Campbell, University of Oregon Editor’s note: As part of our collaboration with “Third Rail with OZY,” we asked scholars from a variety of disciplines to […] Read more »