Today, Pew Research Center and Network member Lee Rainie released the first report in their Science and Society series: "Public and Scientists Views on Science and Society." Rainie also published a blog post describing the impetus for Pew's exploration into Americans' views on science. 

Findings from the report include:

"Science holds an esteemed place among citizens and professionals. Americans recognize the accomplishments of scientists in key fields and, despite considerable dispute about the role of government in other realms, there is broad public support for government investment in scientific research."

Read the full report here