Interest and Engagement
The 2011 and 2007 surveys questioned Victorians about:
- Their level of interest in science and technology
- The reasons behind their interest or lack of interest
- Their curiosity about the way things work
- The characteristics of their searching for and receiving information about science and technology
- Their appetite for new technologies
- Their desire to be involved in policy decisions relating to science and technology
- How well informed they feel about science, technology and the way they are regulated
- The relationship between science, technology and society
Key findings from the 2011 study include:
- Almost three quarters of Victorians (73%) describe themselves as very or quite interested in science, up from 66% in 2007
- Nearly nine in ten Victorians (86%) say they are very or quite interested in technology, consistent with 2007
- An increased proportion of Victorians in 2011 actively search for science and technology information than in 2007 (60% compared to 50%). Of those in 2011 that actively search, 72% do so at least weekly.
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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