Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday September 13, 2015

What The Public Knows And Does Not Know About Science

This Pew Research Center survey provides some insight into the American public’s science knowledge. I am relieved that nobody picked "moon" for that photo of a comet.

On Pew Research Center’s set of 12 multiple-choice questions آ– some of which include images as part of the questions or answer options آ– Americans gave more correct than incorrect answers; the median was eight correct answers out of 12 (mean 7.9). Some 27% answered eight or nine questions correctly, while another 26% answered 10 or 11 items correctly. Just 6% of respondents got a perfect score.