Do we depend too much on faith and not enough on science?

Pubblicato su Science on the Net

On November 13th 2013, a new Eurobarometer survey showed a wide public support for responsible research and innovation in the European Union. According to the document Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), Science and Technology, 77% of citizens from EU27 countries think that science and technology have a positive influence on society. However, they would like to take more into account ethical principles (76%), gender balance (84%) as well as public dialogue (55%). Between April 26th and May 24th 2013, 27563 citizens were interviewed.

In particular, 1016 Italian citizens were contacted face-to-face. Only 29% of them feels informed enough about science and technology (EU27=40%), but they are quite interested in their developments (IT=50%, EU27=53%). In general, they get less information than EU27 people through different media: television (IT=56%, EU27=65%), newspapers (IT=24%, EU27=33%), websites (IT=19%, EU27=32%), magazines (IT=20%, EU27=26%), radio (IT=8%, EU27=17%), books (IT=13%, EU27=14%) and social media (IT=10%, EU27=10%). Furthermore, 37% of Italians (EU27=31%) thinks that people should only been informed about decisions involving science and technology. On the other hand, 34% (EU27=39%) would like to be consulted or participate directly in the decision processes (IT=9%, EU27=12%).

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