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Social media, newspapers and science news: What does the State of Science Index measure?

Accordingly 3M . Science Status Index there Most Europeans trust science (88%), But many find it difficult to understand what sources of reliable scientific information are (48%). This presents a major challenge to the scientific community when it comes to communicating pressing issues, as evidenced by the course of the epidemic. If we look at our data, we realize that 88% of Italians (versus 79% of Europeans) He wants to get more information from scientists about their research work and believes that if we don’t value science as much as we do on issues such as public health crises, climate change and social divisions, there could be negative consequences. Here are three numbers that seem to us in Info Data to be of particular interest

72%

Trust the scientific news in traditional media. The research reads: Only 70% of Europeans and 72% of Italians trust science-based facts in traditional media news.

33%

Trust on social media. This confidence drops to 31% and 33%, respectively, for relevant scientific news spread on social media. The main reason that 48% of European respondents and 52% of Italians attribute this lack of confidence to is Difficulty understanding credible media sources.

66%

Italians’ priorities? Climate change. In addition to the pandemic, respondents want science to resolve issues such as:

• Effects of climate change (61% of Europeans and 66% of Italians)

• Air quality (59% of Europeans and 65% of Italians)

• Providing clean water and sanitation (53% of Europeans and 46% of Italians)

• Equal access to high-quality healthcare (52% of Europeans and 54% of Italians)

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What does the 3M State of Science Index measure? 3M’s State of Science Survey (SOSI) features original, independent, nationally representative research (based on census demographics) conducted in 2022 by global research firm Ipsos through a combination of online and offline interviews. The 2022 research was conducted between September 27 and December 17, 2021, in 17 countries out of 1,000 adults in the general population (18+) in each of the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy , Japan, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. European results are based on participants from: France, UK, Italy, Germany and Poland. To compare all trends in SOSI’s research, the average observation of 10 countries with a margin of error of +/- 1.0 percentage point was used. Research data can be found here.

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