When it comes to science, Italians place increasing trust in information that originates directly from researchers and research institutes; information which they may obtain on the Web (websites of scientific institutions, researchers’ blogs) or, even more so, from personal contacts with researchers. Public lectures by researchers are currently considered reliable sources of information by three-quarters of Italians, with a considerable increase in the past two years. Also growing is the credibility of the websites of research institutes (from 47.9% in 2008 to 67.7% at present) and the blogs of researchers (from 44.9% to 65.2%). The reliability of websites is highest among young people; that of lectures by researchers among graduates. As regards the traditional media, television programmes on science are losing credibility. The science pages of daily newspapers are stable, while the credibility of popular science radio programmes and magazines is increasing, probably because of their investigative aims.
Read the article published on Nòva 24 – Il Sole 24 Ore, by Daniela Doremi.
The Science and Society Monitor is an initiative of Observa – Science in Society supported by the Compagnia di San Paolo.
CATI survey conducted on a sample of 985 subjects, stratified by gender, age and geographical area of residence, representative of the Italian population aged 15 and over.