US citizens are increasingly concerned about the environment. They express high levels of support for government funding of research and over half of Americans think scientists have “very great prestige”.
Barely six out of ten Swedes have confidence in scientists and there has been a decline of six percentage points over the past year. Supporters of the Left Party and the Nationalist Democrats (political parties at each end of the political spectrum) have the least positive view of scientific development, according to a new study carried out by Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science), VA, and the SOM Institute.
Long gone are the days when scientists were allowed to quietly get on with their experiments without the need to engage with the wider public. And today, when all budgets are threatened with big cuts, it is of course essential for the research community to ensure public support for science research funding.