Table 7-11
Public perceptions of various groups' contributions to the well-being of society: 2009
(Percent)
 
Occupational group A lot Some Not very much Nothing at all Don't know
 
Members of the military 84 11 3 1 1
Teachers 77 17 3 1 2
Scientists 70 23 3 2 3
Medical doctors 69 24 4 1 2
Engineers 64 25 4 2 5
Clergy 40 37 10 5 9
Journalists 38 41 13 4 4
Artists 31 43 15 7 4
Lawyers 23 46 18 9 5
Business executives 21 43 22 9 5
 

NOTES: Responses to Thinking about some different professions, how much do you think the following contribute to the well-being of our society? Do [people in occupational group] contribute a lot, some, not very much, or nothing at all to the well-being of our society? Detail may not add to total because of rounding.

SOURCE: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Public Praises Science: Scientists Fault Public, Media (9 July 2009), http://people-press.org/report/528/, accessed 6 January 2011.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012