Survey Shows Scientists Favor Getting Involved in Policy

February 15, 2015 3:43 PM

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Survey Shows Scientists Favor Getting Involved in Policy

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In a newly published survey, an overwhelming majority of scientists say it's important for them to take an active role in public policy debates — and are doing it mostly through face-to-face encounters with the public. The Pew Research Center's survey also suggests that social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter are taking hold as well.

Pew's analysis is based on an online survey of 3,748 U.S.-based members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was released on Sunday during AAAS' annual meeting in San Jose. The results show that 87 percent of the respondents said scientists should be involved in policy deb...

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