Has Trust in Science Become a Partisan Issue? #infographic

 

Has Trust in Science Become a Partisan Issue? #infographic


As the following graph shows, in recent years and nowhere more so than in the United States, confidence in science seems to have turned into a partisan issue. 62 percent of left-leaning Americans have a lot of confidence in scientists to do what is best for the public, according to the Pew Research Center 's International Science Survey, compared to only 20 percent of Americans leaning to the best. A similar difference, but to a lesser degree, can be found in Canada, Australia, the UK and Germany. Overall , the study shows that "technology and scientists are kept in high regard across global audiences," with an average of 76 percent of respondents across participating nations putting at least some trust in scientists to do what is best for the public.

"A self-declared science skeptic, President Trump added another chapter to this development on Sunday when he mockingly warned his supporters at a rally in Nevada that if elected, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden would" listen to the scientists, "adding that" if I listened entirely to the scientists, we would have a nation right now that would be in a major depression instead. He tweeted on Tuesday that he couldn't believe the need to say that "listening to scientists isn't a negative thing," even though it seems that President Trump and many of his followers think that way.

If there is one thing that the pandemic has brought to light, it is the fact that scientific discoveries are no longer a currency that can be agreed upon by all (or even most people). Although, by definition, scientists should be the most tested experts in their respective fields of expertise, be it virology, epidemiology or any other field, preferring not to believe they have become a viable choice in recent years.

Has Trust in Science Become a Partisan Issue? #infographic

infographic by: www.statista.com

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