Table 7-C
Comparison of general public's and scientists' attitudes toward specific S&T-related issues: 2009
(Percent)
 
S&T-related issue Scientistsa General publicb
 
Climate change    
The earth is getting warmer due to human activity 84 49
Climate change is due to natural changes in the atmosphere 10 36
No solid evidence earth is warming 4 11
Don't know/no answer 2 4
Nuclear power    
Favor building more nuclear power plants to generate electricity 70 51
Oppose building more nuclear power plants to generate electricity 27 42
Don't know/no answer 3 7
Embryonic stem cell research    
Favor federal funding for embryonic stem cell research 93 58
Oppose federal funding for embryonic stem cell research 6 35
Don't know/no answer 1 7
Evolution    
Humans and other living things evolved over time 97 61
Humans and other living things always existed in present form 2 31
Don't know/no answer 1 8
Animal research    
Favor use of animals in scientific research 93 52
Oppose use of animals in scientific research 5 43
Don't know/no answer 2 6
 

aSurvey of scientists based on sample survey of AAAS members conducted by Internet, 1 May–14 June 2009 (n = 2,533).
bSurvey of general public conducted by landline and cellular telephone, 28 April–12 May 2009 (n = 2,001).

SOURCE: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 9 July 2009.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012