Controlling Science and its Use
The 2007 and 2011 surveys questioned Victorians about:
- The need to control science and technology
- The most appropriate parties to regulate and control science and technology
- Their desire for information and consultation on changes to science and technology and policy decisions
- Their view of the role of government in the funding and regulation of science and technology
- The moral relationship between science, society and the individual
Key findings from the 2011 study include:
- Victorians strongly support government funding of science, with only 6% agreeing that funding should be cut because the money can be better spent elsewhere.
- Fewer Victorians in 2011 than 2007 believe that the government needs to keep a close eye on science (74% vs. 81%).
- Only around four in ten Victorians (41%) feel at least fairly well informed about the way in which science is regulated.
Use the ‘Quantitative Results’ tab to access the findings, view the results by a particular demographic group or compare results between 2007 and 2011.
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