Researchers Test How Much Americans Know About Science

The Pew Research Center surveyed 3, 200 Americans about their knowledge of modern science. The questions asked were very different, ranging from what types of radio waves are used in cellular communications to the characteristics of the scattering graph.

According to Rush Holt, executive director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the results of the survey revealed serious problems in the level of scientific awareness among various categories of Americans. In particular, men had one more correct answers than women, and people with higher education had two more correct answers than their less educated compatriots.

White Americans turned out to be more educated than African Americans. The best results were shown by survey participants aged 30 to 49 years old, and the worst - over 65 years old. Westerners were better educated than southerners, and Republicans were more educated than Democrats. However, white representatives of both parties were generally on the same level.

In turn, among 6th grade students, girls show a greater interest in biology, while boys in physics. Assessing the results of the survey, Pew Research Center Deputy Director Carey Funk said:

This is one of those cases where a half full glass can just as well be considered half empty.