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The State of Science in America

A new survey published by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the American Association for the Advancement of Science checks the pulse of how scientists and the public view the field of science. For example:

17% of the public thinks that U.S. scientific achievements rate as the best in the world while 46% of scientists believe they are.

76% of scientists say a major problem in media coverage of science is that news reports fail to distinguish between findings that are well-founded and those that are not. And 48% say media oversimplification of scientific findings is a major problem.

87% of scientists say that humans and other living things have evolved over time and that evolution is the result of natural processes such as natural selection. Just 32% of the public accepts this as true.

Both scientists (55%) and the public (52%) point to advances in medicine and life sciences as important achievements of science.

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