• Values, science, and technology question on optimism regarding science

Participants were asked whether or not they agreed with the following statement.

Thanks to scientific and technological progress, the earth’s natural resources will be inexhaustible.

(21 percent agreed with the statement, 61 percent disagreed, and 17 percent did not know.)

Committee Observations

This is predominantly an opinion survey. Thus, it does not provide a meaningful assessment of technological literacy. However, it does demonstrate the importance of measuring public perceptions of science and technology. Most questions are straightforward and focus on current issues, but a few questions in the “perceptions of scientific methods” section appear to require some higher order thinking. In addition, the poll has a much stronger emphasis on environmental and biorelated science and technology issues (e.g., mad cow disease and genetically modified food) than might be expected in a similar American survey.

European Commission Candidate Countries Eurobarometer: Science and Technology

Background

Sponsor/Creator

Gallup Organization of Hungary, with funding from the European Commission

Purpose

Monitor public opinion on science and technology issues of concern to policy makers

What is measured

Opinions about various science and technology issues



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