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PEW Research Center: Science News and Information Today

How many Americans read science news stories? Do Americans trust major news outlets to report on science? How has social media impacted the way that Americans consume science news? A recent PEW research study, published on September 20th, 2017, examined American engagement with science news stories through a survey of 4,024 adults. The survey revealed that just 17% of those surveyed actively seek out science-related news stories. That said, an additional 32% reported that they either read science news at least once a week or actively sought out science news stories about topics of interest. Americans are most likely to read science news from general news sources, with 54% of participants saying they get science news from such sources. In comparison, 45% say they use science documentary or video programs and 12% report listening to science podcasts and radio programs. To learn more, visitors can download the full 91 page report via the link above.
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Date Issued 2017-09-20
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Date of Scout Publication 2017-10-06
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