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Sixty seconds on . . . trust in scientists

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2942 (Published 29 November 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2942
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent, UK

Ah, those polite people in the media who talk softly and reasonably about data . . .

Indeed. Many scientists have become household names over the past 20 months as they convey complex ideas to the general public. And their efforts have been rewarded. According to a survey of 119 000 people in over 100 countries, 77% of people trust scientists either “a lot” or “some,” up from 72% in 2018.1 In the UK, 60% of people said they …

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