Public Attitudes About Science and Education

Public Attitudes about Science and Scientists are also surveyed in the National Science Board 2018 report.  The surveys are from 2016.

For Spending for Scientific Research, 45% thought that it was about right, 38% thought it was too little, and only 11% thought that it was too much.

They surveyed Public Attitudes toward Spending in various policy areas.

Education was 72% for too little, 20% were about right, and 6% was too much.

Environment was 63% for too little, 27% were about right, and 8% were too much.

Health was 62% for too little, 23% was about right, and 12% was too much.

Alternative energy was 54% for too little, 34% was about right, and 8% was too much.

National defense research was 36% for too little, 34% for about right, and 26% was too much.

Space Exploration came up next to last, and last was Assistance to Other Countries.  Space exploration was too little at 21%, about right at 45%, and too much at 25%.  Don’t know was 9%.

Public Confidence in Institutional Leaders was highest for the Military, with 53% a great deal, 39% some, and 8% hardly any.

Public Confidence in Institutional Leaders for the Scientific Community was 40% for a great deal, 50% for some, and only 6% for hardly any.

Public confidence for Medicine was 35% for a great deal, 50% some, and 13% hardly any.

Education confidence was 26% for a great deal, 57% for some, and 17% for hardly any, a relatively large amount.

The three categories at the bottom were Television, the Press, and Congress.  This poll still might have been before the election in 2016.



About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.
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