Faith in Science on the Upswing

Scientists buffeted by climate change denial and vaccine resistance, take heart: Americans' confidence in scientists is rising, a new Pew Research Center survey shows.

The public now trusts scientists as much as the troops. 86% of those surveyed report a fair-to-great deal of faith that scientists act in our best interests (an increase of 10% from 2016), while 40% want scientists involved in policy debates about scientific issues.

Partisan gulfs remain, especially involving trust in environmental science. The public also questions scientists’ transparency about conflicts of interest—and owning up to mistakes.

A trust-builder? Sharing data openly.


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