Science and Scientists Held in High Esteem Across the WorldSeptember 30, 2020
A new international survey conducted by Pew Research Center reveals that scientists and their research are widely viewed in a positive light across global publics, and large majorities believe government investments in scientific research yield benefits for society. The international survey, conducted in 20 publics across Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Russia finds broad agreement about the value of scientific research. A median of 82% consider government investment in scientific research worthwhile, and majorities across places view it as important to be a leader in scientific achievements.
Respondents have high regard for scientists as a group, compared with other prominent groups and institutions in society. In all publics, majorities have at least some trust in scientists to do what is right. A median of 36% has "a lot" of trust in scientists, the same share who say this about the military, and much higher than the military, and much higher than the shares who say this about business leaders, the national government, and the news media.
The survey also revealed that ambivalence about certain scientific developments – in areas such as artificial intelligence and genetically modified foods – often exists alongside high trust for scientists generally and positive views in other areas such as space exploration. Public concerns about climate change and environmental degradation remain widespread. In most publics, respondents view climate change as a very serious problem and say that their government is not doing enough to address it.
With renewed attention to the importance of public acceptance of vaccines, the new survey finds majorities in most publics tend to view childhood vaccines, such as those for measles, mumps, and rubella, as relatively safe and effective. Yet sizable minorities across global publics hold doubts about this keystone tool of modern medicine.
For more details, read the report Science and Scientists Held in High Esteem Across Global Publics available in the Pew Research Center website.
You might also like:
- ANU Book Presents Stories of Communicating Science in 39 Countries
- Straight from the Scientists: Biotech Experts' Perspectives and Experiences in Informing the Public
- Pocket K No. 33: Communicating Crop Biotechnology
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
- Sewage Testing Shows Prevalence of COVID-19 Infection
- Farmers Highly Vulnerable to COVID-19, Says Study
News from Around the World
- Animal Biotech Online Discourses Cover Genome Editing Regulatory Approaches
- Science and Scientists Held in High Esteem Across the World
- Review Says Farmer Knowledge Key to Finding More Resilient Crops
- Myanmar Scientists, Academics Step Up for Biotechnology Information Portal Launch
- Research Team to Genetically Improve Millet for Large-Scale Agriculture in Saudi Arabia
- Researchers Find Way to Protect Plants from Fungal Infection
- Researchers Overexpressed Transcription Factors to Improve Cotton Lint Yield
Plant Breeding Innovations
- Detection of Off-Target Effect in Genome Editing by Integration-Defective Lentiviral Vector
- Gene Editing of SlLBD40 Improves Drought Tolerance in Tomato
- Researchers Engineer a Rapid TALEN Assembly Protocol for Genome Editing
Read the latest:
- Crop Biotech Update (August 17, 2022)
- Genome Editing Supplement (August 10, 2022)
- Gene Drive Supplement (July 27, 2022)
Subscribe to CBU: