Trust in Scientists on the Rise Worldwide

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Posted Dec 21, 2021 | ScyDev

The proportion of people expressing a high level of trust in scientists in their countries has grown in almost every region, rising nine percentage points between 2018 and 2020 to 43 per cent globally. There were two notable exceptions to the general trend – Sub-Saharan Africa and Russia, Caucasus, and Central Asia region. Based on the Wellcome Global Monitor for 2020, this ScyDev article links trust levels to perceptions of national government. Those trusting their government are 13 percentage points more likely to have high trust in scientists. The findings also support the idea that growing trust is linked to scientists’ increased visibility in the media. It has particularly increased among people who were largely unfamiliar with science and who now, through the pandemic, have had more exposure.


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