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◆ The first survey in 2008

The first survey had been accomplished in November, 2008, and the executive report (revised version) had been printed in October, 2012. The effective samples of the survey are 2024.

The major findings of the 2008 survey are as followed. First, TV is the primary source to obtain information about S&T, while newspaper, internet and magazines are the second source. The proportion of citizens in Taiwan visiting informal science institutions during a year is less than 3%. The public are interested most in environmental preservation issues. Second, the public recognized the importance of S&T issues and the positive impact of scientific research. The public support to increase more funding in S&T research, and also show positive attitude toward the contribution of scientists. Third, Taiwan citizens have a medium to high level of understanding in scientific research process and scientific facts, but an inferior level of understanding in basic scientific concepts and scientific terms.


◆ The second survey in 2012

The second survey had been accomplished in May, 2012, and the executive report had been printed in October, 2012. The effective samples of the survey are 1863.

The major findings of the 2012 survey are as followed. First, TV is the primary source to obtain information about S&T. There is an increasing proportion of visitors to informal science institutions, compared to 2008. The public are still interested most in environmental preservation issues. Second, the public recognized the importance of S&T issues and the positive impact of scientific research. The public support to increase more funding in S&T research, except in nuclear energy. Third, there is an improvement in public knowledge about S&T, compared to 2008.


◆ The third survey in 2015

The third survey had been accomplished in February, 2015, and the executive report had been printed in May, 2015. The effective samples of the survey are 1831.

The major findings of the 2015 survey are as followed. First, TV and Internet are the primary sources to obtain information about S&T. The proportion of citizens in Taiwan visiting informal science institutions during a year has increased, compared to 2008 and 2012. The public are still interested most in environmental preservation issues. Second, Taiwan citizens have a good understanding of scientific research process and natural science; however, the concept of experimental design and hereditary probability has worsened a little. Third, the public recognized the importance of S&T issues and the positive impact of scientific research, but still are conscious of the risks of scientific research. In addition, there is a considerable proportion of the population believing in pseudo-science.


◆ The fourth survey in 2018

The fourth survey is conducted to June 2018.