Interactive chart displays opinion gaps between scientists and public


Pew Research Center just released an interactive chart showing gaps between scientific consensus and public opinion. Refine results by gender, age, race, education, ideology, political party, and level of science knowledge.

Compared with five years ago, both citizens and scientists are less upbeat about the scientific enterprise. Citizens are still broadly positive about the place of U.S. scientific achievements and its impact on society, but slightly more are negative than five years ago. And, while a majority of scientists think it is a good time for science, they are less upbeat than they were five years ago. Most scientists believe that policy regulations on land use and clean air and water are not often guided by the best science.

Some of the results are surprising, like the low number of scientists (68%) vs. high number of citizens (64%) who feel the Space Station has been a good investment for the US.

Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society