Table 7-10
Perceived understanding of public issues by various groups: 2006
(Percent)
 
  Degree of understanding (on scale of 1 to 5) Don't know
Public issue/group Very well
5
4 3 2 Not at all
1
 
Global warming            
Environmental scientists 44 22 22 4 4 4
Business leaders 4 8 30 32 22 4
Elected officials 5 7 31 29 24 4
Stem cell research            
Medical researchers 50 24 15 3 3 6
Religious leaders 6 8 26 29 25 6
Elected officials 3 7 35 26 22 6
Federal income taxes            
Economists 33 19 29 7 7 5
Business leaders 15 29 33 12 6 4
Elected officials 10 18 34 19 15 5
Genetically modified foods            
Medical researchers 32 32 18 8 5 6
Business leaders 4 7 24 31 28 6
Elected officials 3 6 24 33 29 5
 

NOTES: Responses to: How well do the following groups understand: causes of global warming; importance of stem cell research; effects of reducing federal income taxes; risks posed by genetically modified foods? Detail may not add to total because of rounding.

SOURCE: University of Chicago, National Opinion Research Center, General Social Survey (2006). See appendix table 7-22 in National Science Board, Science and Engineering Indicators 2008 (NSB 08-01A) (2008).

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