Queenslanders’ perceptions of science

We have commissioned research into Queenslanders’ perceptions and attitudes to science on three occasions since 2016.

Kantar Public conducted the studies which involved a 10-minute online survey of approximately 1200 residents, aged 18 years and over, spread across Queensland.

Some of the key findings of the Queenslanders’ perceptions and attitudes towards science report 2021 (PDF, 1.4MB) are:

  • 60% of Queenslanders are interested in science—down from 68% in 2018 and 74% in 2016
  • 83% believe science is critical for the Queensland economy—up from 72% in 2018 and 2016
  • 81% of parents/carers would encourage their children to study science subjects in high school—up from 78% in 2018
  • 44% of Queenslanders surveyed who have heard of citizen science have participated in an activity (equating to 10% of Queenslanders, up from 4% in 2018).