24 January 2023 – Public Perception of Genetics
A survey of over 2000 British adults finds that trust in genetics is high and went up significantly during the pandemic. It also finds that there is a hunger for more coverage of genetics.
In a study funded by the Genetics Society, a survey of over 2000 randomly selected British adults was commissioned through public polling company Kantar Public.
Main conclusions of the survey:
1. More than a third of the UK public report an increase in trust in science through the pandemic
2. In particular, attitudes to genetics have become more positive
3. Nearly a half of the UK public would like to hear more about science in the media (and fewer than 10% think there is too much science)
4. University academics, NHS spokespersons and governmental advisors are all well trusted sources.
The survey also led to a research paper in Plos Biology titled “People with more extreme attitudes towards science have self-confidence in their understanding of science, even if this is not justified”.