Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mind the Gap

Photograph by Leo Marco via Flickr | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photograph by Leo Marco via Flickr | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Holly Moeller

Recently the Pew Research Center unveiled results from a poll comparing the scientific views of the American public and American scientists. The results reveal a startling gap between public perception and scientific expert opinion.

For example, 88 percent of polled scientists (who were selected based on membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science) say it’s safe to eat genetically modified foods, compared to only 37 percent of the public. While 87 percent of scientists believe that climate change is mostly driven by human activity, only half of the American public agrees.

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