Corona: Massive Increase in Germany‘s Faith in Science During Crisis

April 2020

One consequence of the coronavirus pandemic is a huge rise in Germans’ trust in scientists and researchers. That’s the conclusion of a “Corona Special” study carried out by the “Wissenschaft im Dialog” initiative with support from the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Fraunhofer Society.

In a survey of 1009 people carried out on April 15 and 16, 73 percent of respondents said they trusted science and research “completely” or “largely.” That was up from only 46 percent in 2019 and also represented a significant increase over 2018 and 2017. Conversely, the percentage of people who said they were “undecided” about the trustworthiness of science fell from 46 percent in 2019 to 20 in the current survey.

81 percent of respondents said that political decisions about how to deal with the corona crisis should be based on scientific findings.

The study also yielded some curious results. 77 percent of those asked said they felt well-informed about the coronavirus, although only 27 percent said they had faith in statements made by journalists about the pandemic.

73 percent found the measures taken to contain the virus completely or largely appropriate while 44 and 45 percent put faith in statements made by politicians and state representatives respectively.

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