Poll: World's trust in science, scientists rises during pandemic

A new report, Wellcome Global Monitor: How the World Views Science Amid COVID-19, reveals that more than four in 10 people worldwide in 2020 expressed “a lot” of trust in science (41%) and the scientists in their respective nation (43%). Both figures are up nine percentage points from the last Wellcome Global Monitor study in 2018.

By comparison, trust levels in other key institutions or professions — including the national government, people who work at charitable organizations or nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and doctors and nurses — also increased, but not nearly to the same degree.