New survey results suggest many Canadians are ambivalent towards science

By: Sam Garnett

March 15, 2018

IPSOS and 3M conducted a survey spanning 14 countries and over 14 000 respondents asking about the role of science in their lives. Their survey revealed many Canadian respondants still have ambivalent feelings towards science. 46% of respondents said that science is only “somewhat important” in their everyday lives. 59% and 64% of respondents also said they only somewhat trust science and scientists respectively.

The Ontario Science Centre conducted a survey in September 2017 showing similar trends, taken together they emphasize the need to address public mistrust in science. Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan and Chief Science Advisor Mona Nemer, as well as many Canadian scientists and activists have affirmed the importance of science communication in addressing science’s perception in society. In November we held a panel discussion at the Canadian Science Policy Conference that aimed to ask social media & scicomm experts how scientists can best communicate their research and the role of science in society using all of today’s platforms. We will be releasing our report on the panel soon, so stay tuned!

Read more about the IPSOS/3M survey at the CBC here.