57% of people are skeptical of science because of conflicting opinions by scientists and/or because they are generally skeptical of things they don’t understand.
Beyond skepticism, 88% believe that scientists should share results in language that’s easily understood, and 84% think scientists should make science more relatable to people’s everyday life.
You can access The State of Science Index data to see attitudes to science and we invite you to explore insights country-by-country through our explorer tool. We hope you’ll share and discuss the research. What do you think they mean to science today and in the future? For an overview of the combined global results, download our 2019 pdf here (17.94 MB).
3M’s State of Science Index presents original, independent and nationally representative research conducted in 14 countries among the general population, including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, UK, US. More than 1,000 respondents over the age of 18 in each of the 14 countries participated in this survey. Since 2018, it has been one of the largest, most global studies to explore attitudes to science and enables 3M to track and benchmark shifts in attitudes about science over time, using this first year as a baseline. Data from this research can be viewed as a 14-country, global average, or individually by country. At the 95% confidence level, the margin of error is +/- 0.83 percentage points at the global level and +/- 3.1 percentage points for each individual country. To compare results year-over-year, a 12-country tracking average was used - as France and Saudi Arabia were replaced with South Korea and Spain - which has a margin of error of +/- 0.9 percentage points.
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