The American Academy of Arts & Sciences has released Perceptions of Science in America: A Report from the Public Face of Science Initiative, the first in a three-year series that will examine the relationship between scientists and the public. It compiles data from public opinion surveys on general attitudes about science such as confidence and trust in science and scientists.
The goal of this report is to increase awareness among science communicators, advocates, and researchers so they can better understand their audiences when developing outreach programs, messaging strategies, and educational materials. By identifying gaps in the current understanding, this report underscores the need for additional studies on the influences on attitudes toward science, as well as how those attitudes impact both personal decisions and public support for evidence-based policy. Read more.