The 2017 Public Engagement with Science and Technology survey reveals New Zealand's current state of play regarding public attitudes towards, and engagement with, science and technology - so that the Government knows what it needs to work on.
We recognise that it is important to establish a strong base of evidence against which to measure public engagement in science and innovation.
The 2017 survey into public attitudes towards science and technology continues on from previous surveys (2002, 2005, 2010 and 2014) to provide us with trends over time, as well as questions introduced in 2014 to allow comparison with international surveys.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment commissions the survey as part of its wider role in lifting engagement and achievement in science. The survey assists the government to decide where to focus its efforts, and provides insights into the relevance and communication of science, as well as the effectiveness of policies and initiatives related to science engagement.
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment commissioned survey of 3,000 respondents was undertaken by Nielsen Research, and was released in March 2018.
The results show Kiwis generally have a high interest in learning about new scientific ideas and developments:
The survey also highlights where science and technology could engage New Zealanders more fully: