Trust in public institutions has eroded over many years. One of the last bastions of trust was science, but the confidence has been waning even here. Is this mistrust misplaced, or is there a problem with science? During the first leg of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2021, 77% trusted the CDC, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation poll. Less than a year later, public trust had plummeted to 44% in an NBC News poll. What's behind this precipitous drop? Climate Change Despite more than 30 years of media campaigns to convince the world of the threat of manmade global warming, governments and elites have only succeeded with their messaging in certain countries. According to the data, it seems the more educated a nation is, the more skeptical of catastrophic climate change its people tend to be.
The World Economic Forum regularly orders world surveys on confidence in global insti...
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