Technology Essay

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Special Eurobarometer European Commission Science and Technology Report Fieldwork : January 2010 – February 2010 Publication: June 2010 Special Eurobarometer 340 / Wave 73.1 – TNS Opinion & Social This survey was requested by the Research Directorate-General and coordinated by the Directorate-General for Communication (“Research and Speechwriting" Unit) This document does not represent the point of view of the European Commission. The interpretations and opinions contained in it are solely those of the authors. Special EUROBAROMETER 340 “Science and Technology” Table of contents INTRODUCTION............................................................................................. 3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ................................................................................... 7 1. EUROPEAN CITIZENS’ INTEREST AND LEVEL OF INFORMATION ................. 8 1.1 Interest in science and technology........................................................ 8 1.1.1: Interest in issues everyday life .............................................................8 1.1.2: Informed about issues in everyday life................................................. 13 1.1.3: Active interest in science and technology ............................................. 17 2. IMAGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY .................................................... 19 2.1 Scientific complexity ........................................................................... 20 2.2 Have scientists a good view of the role of their work?......................... 22 2.3 Science and the influence of private funding ....................................... 24 3. ATTITUDES TOWARDS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ................................. 28 3.1 Optimism regarding science and technology ....................................... 31 3.2 Reserved views concerning science and technology

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