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Perceptions of Science in America

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Perceptions of Science in America

Published by American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA, 2018

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Preface

Top Three Takeaways

Introduction

Section 1: General Perceptions of Science
Confidence in Scientific Leaders Remains Relatively Stable
A Majority of Americans Views Scientific Research as Beneficial . . .
. . . But Many are Concerned about the Pace of Change
Americans Express Strong Support for Public Investment in Research
Americans Support an Active Role for Science and Scientists in Public Life
Scientists Should Play a Major Role in Shaping Public Policy
Discussion and Research Considerations


Section 2: Demographic Influences on General Views of Science
Confidence in Scientific Leaders Varies Based on Demographics and Other Factors
Higher Educational Attainment Correlates with Positive Perceptions of Science
Trust in Scientists Varies Based on Education and Politics
Discussion and Research Considerations


Section 3: Case Studies of Perceptions on Specific Science Topics
There is No Single Anti-Science Population . . .
. . . But More Research is Needed to Understand Why
Case Study: Vaccine Safety
Case Study: Genetically Modified Foods
Case Study: Climate Change
Discussion and Research Considerations


Conclusion

Appendix A: Methodology of Data Sources

Appendix B: Public Face of Science Steering Committee, Staff, and Data Advisors



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