Public Attitudes to Science 2014 - UK survey IPSOS MORI


Public Attitudes to Science (PAS) 2014 is the fifth in a series of studies looking at attitudes to science, scientists and science policy among the UK public. Ipsos MORI conducted the study in partnership with the British Science Association, on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

For the first time in the series, PAS 2014 uses social listening and online research with the Ipsos MORI Connects online community, alongside the nationwide face-to-face survey, to build a picture of how the public engages with science online as well as offline. Also for the first time, it explores public attitudes towards four of the Government’s Eight Great Technologies: big data, agri-science, robotics and emerging energy technologies, such as fracking to extract shale gas.

The study shows that the UK public are as enthusiastic about science as they ever have been, with attitudes to science having come a long way over the past 25 years:

  • More now agree that “it is important to know about science in my daily life” (72% agree, versus 57% in 1988).
  • People are now more comfortable about the pace of change – just a third (34%, versus 49% in 1988) now agree that “science makes people’s lives change too fast”.

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