Impact of Science

Victorians in 2011 and 2007 were asked about:
  • The general impacts of science and technology on society
  • The effects of science and technology on Victorian society, industry and economic growth
  • The rate of progress of science and technology
  • Their level of comfort with the progress of science and technology
  • The level of positive or negative impact they feel science has had or is having in areas including the environment, the workplace, health and medicine and communications

Key findings from the 2011 study include:
  • An increased proportion of Victorians in 2011 strongly agree that science and technology are improving society compared to 2007 (46% vs. 37%).
  • Eight in ten Victorians or more strongly agree or tend to agree that government investment in science will lead to more productive industries (87%), that science and technology help Victorian businesses respond to changes in their environment (85%) and that scientific research makes a direct contribution to economic growth in Victoria (81%).
  • Consistent with 2007, Victorians overwhelmingly see a positive impact of science on health and medicine (97%) and communications (92%).

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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