PNAS Article Evaluates the Public’s Shifting Confidence in Science

Arthur Lupia
March 7, 2024

An article on Trends in U.S. Public Confidence in Science and Opportunities for Progress led by Arthur Lupia, PhD (University of Michigan) with authors including Consortium Chair Susan M. Wolf, JD, was published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article analyzes the U.S. public's confidence in science across time. The authors find that while confidence in science remains high overall, it has declined somewhat since early in the pandemic. The decline, however, is similar to that for other institutions. Data show that the public values the research community’s practices of critique and self-correction. The authors recommend steps to increase public confidence. The article grows out of the work of the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Strategic Council for Research Excellence, Integrity, and Trust, of which Prof. Wolf is a member.