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This article summarises the results of a major Community-wide opinion survey carried out in 1992 on behalf of the European Commission concerning the public understanding of the attitudes towards science and technology. The survey involved a sample of over 13,000 Community citizens, representative of the total population of the member states, who were interviewed on subjects relating to science and science policy, with some emphasis on environmental issues. The study showed that in general Europeans perceived that their level of interest in scientific issues was not matched by their understanding. In addition, how well they are informed about the results of science and technology is to a large extent governed by the interest they show in the media in general.

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Authors: ECOTEC, ECOTEC Research and Consulting Ltd., Birmingham (GB);CEC, European Commission, Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Euro abstracts, Vol. 32 (1994) No. 8, pp. 508-517
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