U.S. and Global Public Opinion on Science and Technology Issues

Sunday, February 14, 2016: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Marriott Balcony B (Marriott Wardman Park)
This symposium builds on the planned February 2016 release of Science and Engineering Indicators 2016 with a discussion of the current state of public opinion about science and technology (S&T) in the U.S. and around the world. Science and Engineering Indicators is the National Science Board’s biennial report to the U.S. Congress on S&T, and includes a detailed chapter on “public attitudes and understanding.” It uses the best available data from the U.S. and around the world to paint a portrait of what Americans think about S&T in relation to previous years and other countries. The report includes extensive public opinion data from the Pew Research Center and Gallup on key S&T issues, such as climate change, energy, and health topics. An additional primary data source is a special section of the General Social Survey, including questions the National Science Foundation has fielded for more than three decades that address both public knowledge about S&T and attitudes toward S&T. The symposium includes an overview on key results from the General Social Survey related to S&T interest and engagement, knowledge about facts and processes, confidence in science, and funding support. Speakers will also address other relevant data related to public views about S&T.
John C. Besley, Michigan State University
John C. Besley, Michigan State University
Peter Muhlberger, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
Recent Survey Experiments in the Science and Engineering Indicators 2016
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