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Understanding this year’s 3M State of Science Index

For the second year, 3M is sharing insights from their research. The State of Science Index is an independent survey that explores global attitudes toward science, taking the pulse on how people think and feel about the field and its impact on the world around us.


3M’s State of Science Index presents original, independent and nationally representative research conducted in 14 countries among the general population, including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, UK, US. More than 1,000 respondents over the age of 18 in each of the 14 countries participated in this survey. Since 2018, it has been one of the largest, most global studies to explore attitudes to science and enables 3M to track and benchmark shifts in attitudes about science over time, using this first year as a baseline. Data from this research can be viewed as a 14-country, global average, or individually by country. At the 95% confidence level, the margin of error is +/- 0.83 percentage points at the global level and +/- 3.1 percentage points for each individual country. To compare results year-over-year, a 12-country tracking average was used - as France and Saudi Arabia were replaced with South Korea and Spain - which has a margin of error of +/- 0.9 percentage points.

[(*) Based on the 12-country tracking average includes: Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, UK, US)]

How did attitudes toward science change from 2018 to 2019?

Last year’s results revealed fascinating tensions about the world’s perception of the field. We had data that proved the existence of both science skeptics and supporters. But what interested us most was the sheer amount of skeptics: 1 in 3 people (32%) questioned science.*

In 2019, we see a continuation of that challenge—the number of skeptics increased by 3 percentage points.* However, this year we can now point to specific reasons why they feel this way and recommend appropriate solutions.

State of Science Index 2019 



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