Americans see “social distancing” measures urged by public health officials to limit the spread of COVID-19 as generally appropriate.
About a third of Americans register low levels of trust in other people, versus 29% who are “high trusters” and 32% who are “medium trusters.”
71% of U.S. adults say they are confident that medical centers in their area can handle the needs of seriously ill people during the pandemic.
Cooperating in a time of a crisis has taken on urgency as government leaders urge Americans to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In 2019, 74% of Americans said they had a mostly positive view of doctors; 68% had a mostly favorable view of medical research scientists.
Overall, 29% of U.S. adults said they have had more advantages in life than others their age; 26% felt they have had fewer advantages.
Here is a roundup of key takeaways from our studies of U.S. public opinion about science issues and their effect on society.
The more confident people are that members of powerful groups behave unethically, the less likely they are to have confidence in that group’s performance.
Members of Congress and technology leaders are rated lower in empathy, transparency and ethics; public gives higher scores to military leaders, public school principals and police officers
Partisans have different levels of confidence when it comes to the type of personnel who hold government jobs – presidential appointees or career employees.