[ASC-list] do Australians trust scientists?

Bill Palmer bill_palmer15 at hotmail.com
Sat Jun 19 14:38:28 UTC 2010

I have just completed a survey for Scientific American/ Nature.




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Dear Scientific American Reader,

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By Mariette DiChristina, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific American

Global climate change. Energy supplies. Pandemics. Cures for cancer and other diseases. Food safety. Education and global competitiveness. Science is the all-important underpinning of many of the top issues in today's headlines. Yet how do we as a society feel about science and scientists? Are we comfortable with the methods of science? Do we value the findings? And how do people's feelings about science vary in different countries?

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Thank you, once again, for your time and input. We look forward to receiving your vital feedback.


The Scientific American Audience Panel

> Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 13:46:42 +1000
> From: ben at labcoatman.com.au
> To: longneck at cyllene.uwa.edu.au
> CC: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
> Subject: Re: [ASC-list] do Australians trust scientists?
> On 7 June 2010 20:14, <longneck at cyllene.uwa.edu.au> wrote:
> > Does anyone know of any (recent) survey data that asks Australians whether
> > they trust scientists, esp in comparison to other professional groups?
> The closest thing I've seen is Reader's Digest's annual "Australia's
> 100 most trusted individuals" list. I don't know how rigorous they are
> - probably not very - but do appear there, though prominent medical
> professionals often do very well: in 2009 Dr Fiona Wood made the
> number one spot, with Professor Ian Frazer in third. Dr Karl - a
> fixture in the list for many years - came in at number 11.
> The 2009 list can be found here:
> http://www.readersdigest.com.au/life/australias-most-trusted-people-2009/article141332.html
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