Confidence in Scientists Has Actually Risen Since 2016 in the U.S., According to New Research

It can often feel like trust in science is a casualty of the “fake news” era. Skepticism of well-established concepts like vaccine safety and climate change is widespread today, with consequences including an unprecedented measles outbreak in the U.S. and an ever-warming environment. It may be surprising, then, that a new, nationally representative survey of 4,500 adults from the Pew Research Center shows that confidence in scientists is on the upswing. In 2019, 86% of Americans said they had at least a fair amount of confidence that scientists are acting in the public’s best interests. That’s up from 76% in 2016, and beats out reported confidence in elected officials, religious leaders and the media, according to Pew. “It’s striking to see these findings,” says Cary Funk, Pew’s director of science and society research. “Generally, we would have expected stability.” Prior Pew research that was based on a slightly different survey question—do you have “a great deal of confidence in the people running” various institutions, including scientific institutions—showed that trust has been more or less steady since the 1970s. Despite the gains, Funk notes that only 35% of respondents reported a “great deal” of confidence in scientists in 2019. Even still, that’s second only to the military in terms of full support, and up from 21% in 2016, the new data show. Democrats were more lik...
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Measles infections are now confirmed in 30 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).?"We have more measles cases than we have had in the last 30 years," says Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group.? "This is an explosive outbreak." "This is a reflection of people not [...]
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