91% Believe countries should collaborate to create solutions based on science as the world faces major challenges like the pandemic and climate change. 77% state that the pandemic has made us more environmentally conscious.
The 2021 survey details the top six issues people most want science to help solve. Behind the COVID-19 pandemic (51%), these issues are climate change (47%), ocean plastics pollution (41%), access to renewable energy sources (38%), air quality (38%), clean water supply and sanitation (36%), and reliance on fossil fuels (29%).
We invite you to explore insights country-by-country through our explorer tool. We hope you’ll share and discuss the research. What do you think they mean to science today and in the future? View the 2021 survey explorer. For an overview of the combined global results, download our 2021 pdf here (PDF, 17.94 MB).
3M’s State of Science Index presents original, independent, and nationally representative (based on census demographics) research in 2021.
The 2021 State of Science Index survey was conducted among a representative sample of 1,000 general population adults, 18 years and older, across the following 17 countries: US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, China, India, UAE, and Australia. At the 95% confidence level, the margin of error is +/- 0.75 percentage points at the 17-country level and +/- 3.1 percentage points for each individual country.
To compare results year over year, a 10-country tracking average was used which has a margin of error of +/- 0.98 percentage points.