Australians trust science and scientists, according to a new survey for ANU’s National Centre for Public Awareness of Science.
Scientists, along with doctors and farmers, lead a table of professions by people’s perceptions of the contribution they make to society. And while 44 per cent of people say science changes society too fast 82 per cent believe the benefits of science are greater than any harmful effects. And while majorities do not believe science has the power to solve all problems there is close to universal belief that scientific progress “will help manage or develop cures” for AIDs and cancer. Around 90 per cent of respondents think science “will make our lives healthier, easier and more comfortable.” And 80 per cent agree that thanks to science, “there will be more opportunities for future generations.”