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Public Attitudes to Science 2008

Public Attitudes to Science 2008 is a national survey commissioned by the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). It is the third survey in a series. The first survey was reported in 2000 and the second in 2005.

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The aims of the survey are to:

  • Provide information about what the public thinks about science, scientists and science policy in the UK and explore why the public hold these views;
  • Find out about public confidence in, and understanding of, the regulation of science and science policy-making and how the public engages with science;
  • Identify the purposes and impacts of some specific scientific topics;
  • Identify public concerns and aspirations for science in the future;
  • Identify whether public attitudes to science have changed since 2000/2005 and if so, how, and why these changes have occurred; and
  • Compare attitudes to science in the UK with those in other scientifically developed countries.

The survey was published in March 2008.

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alternatively, download the survey Guide  - an overview of key findings.


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