Australians still believe in science

Australians firmly  trust science and scientists, believe that science strengthens the country, and want more investment in science to speed post-pandemic recovery, according to a major new study that kicks off National Science Week 2021.

The 3M State of Science Index measures public attitudes in 17 countries, and its new data is released today at the launch of National Science Week, delivered by Science and Technology Australia.

The survey finds Australians have far higher trust in science than is found in many other nations: nine in ten Aussies say they trust science and scientists, 19 in 20 believe greater investment in science will make the country stronger, and nine in ten say science should drive policy decisions.

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