This report examines the general public’s knowledge about 12 science-related topics. The data were collected on the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel. This report also includes a series of tables with findings from the new Pew Research survey and from previous Pew Research studies on science knowledge to allow for comparisons across a wider array of questions and topics.

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