Some of the interesting findings (to me):
- 55% of the public believes science and religion are often in conflict while only 36% of respondents say science conflicts with their own religious beliefs.
- 49% of scientists believe U.S. scientific achievements are the best in the world.
- 76% of scientists believe a major problem with the news media is that they do not distinguish between well-founded findings and those that are not.
- Lack of funding for basic research is the most serious impediment to high-quality research. 46% of scientists said it was “very serious” and 41% said it was “serious.”
- Scientists were asked what the possibility of making a lot of money leads many scientists in their specialty to do. 47% said pursue marketable projects that do little to advance science, 32% said pursue creative research ideas, 26% said cut corners on quality, and 11% said violate ethical principles.
- 81% of scientists identify themselves as Democrats or as leaning towards that party. 12% of scientists identify themselves as Republicans or leaning towards that party. For the general public the numbers are 52% and 35% respectively.
- 33% of scientists believe in God, 18% believe in a higher power, and 41% believe in neither. For the general public the numbers are 83%, 12%, and 4% respectively.
- 60% of the public says scientists generally agree that humans have evolved while 97% of scientists say humans have evolved. 56% of the public says scientists generally agree that the earth is getting warmer because of human activity while 84% of scientists say the earth is getting warmer because of human activity.