People agree, misinformation is widespread across channels, with 85% identifying social media as a source of misinformation and 72% identifying traditional news as a source. 75% are more likely to trust traditional news.
Potential consequences identified include more public health crises, more division in society and more severe effects of climate change.
Around the world, people are connecting the dots to how science can solve issues that resonate in their lives.
Among the top issues people want science to solve (beyond the COVID-19 pandemic), are climate change, with 58% identifying that as a primary issue, and equal access to quality healthcare, with 54% identifying it as a primary issue.
13 of 16 countries agree that their home country should prioritize improving access to quality healthcare.
*Question was not asked in UAE
87% agree that in the future, the world will be more dependent on scientific knowledge than ever before.
1 out of 2 believe they will have a greater appreciation for science five years from now.
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? View the 2022 survey explorer. For an overview of the combined global results, download our 2022 pdf here (17.94 MB).
3M’s State of Science Index presents original, independent and nationally representative (based on census demographics) research in 2022.
The 2022 State of Science Index survey was conducted among a representative sample of 1,000 general population adults, 18 years and older, across the following 17 countries: US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, China, India, UAE, and Australia. At the 95% confidence level, the margin of error is +/- 0.8 percentage points at the 17-country level and +/- 3.1 percentage points for each individual country.
To compare results year over year, a 10-country tracking average was used which has a margin of error of +/- 1.0 percentage points.
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