Public views of covid science - Trust and uncertainty Tables



This document provides the summary statistics from a subset of data collected from a YouGov survey conducted in Nov 2020. The data covers respondents answers to questions about: level of public trust in scientists and scientific information about the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 and November 2020; views about the communication of scientific uncertainty; views about whether public information is an accurate representation of coronavirus science; views about whether the impact of coronavirus science had had a positive or negative effect on the response; views about confidence in the accuracy of coronavirus science; whether scientists all agreed about coronavirus science; and whether coronavirus science was available and accessible to everyone. The sample comprised 2,025 individuals living in England, with key characteristics of respondents including: age, gender, ethnicity, whether they were a carer, a keyworker, whether they had had advice to shield from the NHS, and whether they believed they had had coronavirus. This data forms the basis of the descriptive statistics paper titled "Public views of coronavirus science and scientists: findings from a cross-sectional survey." The main dataset is also available on request here:
Date made available27 May 2021
PublisherUniversity of Bristol


  • science communication
  • trust in science
  • COVID-19
  • uncertainty
  • public views of science
  • coronavirus
  • public engagement with science

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