Most Russians are interested in science – Search

21.09.22

The Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the sociological group ZIRCON carried out the second wave of monitoring the attitude of Russian society towards science and the Russian Academy of Sciences. The results of the telephone survey show that interest in science is still high: about two-thirds of Russians say so, and three-quarters among citizens with higher education.

As in the previous wave, about 20% of respondents said that there are scientists in their immediate social circle, but this acquaintance is not an important source of information about science in general. Among the participants in the telephone survey, 42% could not name a single major scientific achievement in the past 10 years. Only 9% of respondents could name the names of world-class Russian scientists who are still alive (even a little less than in 2021).

However, Russians remain techno-optimists. According to the survey, 86% believe that science and technology make life easier and more convenient, only 21% of respondents to some extent agree that the development of science and technology is dangerous in the long term. The level of confidence of Russian scientists increased by 3 percentage points compared to 2021: 83% of respondents chose the answer options “I prefer to trust” or “I definitely trust”.

Russians’ awareness of the activities of the Russian Academy of Sciences has not changed and is 89%. 32% of respondents know about the RAS (33% in 2021) and 57% have heard something about it (56% a year before). Young people aged 18 to 24 are the least informed about academia.

The level of confidence in the RAS increased from 65% to 67%. Respondents aged 55 to 64 (72%) trust the RAS more, and those aged 25 to 34 (62%) less. The level of trust in the RAS is expected to be highest among respondents with higher education, residents of cities with more than 1 million inhabitants and cities with a population of 100 to 250 thousand, and lowest among residents of urban-type settlements .

According to an online survey of citizens, the majority of respondents who know about the Russian Academy of Sciences, among its most important tasks, are the expansion of knowledge about the world and man, applied research, as well as the definition of scientific policy and the main directions of scientific and technological development of Russia. On the contrary, the point of view according to which the RAS should become a club of scientists turned out to be the least popular (this option was chosen by only 2% of respondents).

Details are published on the RAS website.

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