Do you think you know more about science than the average American? Since you're reading this, my hypothesis is that you do. Let’s test it by taking the following survey that was originally given as part of the National Science Foundation’s 2006 study on the public’s knowledge of science.*
I will include your results (anonymously) in a future column where I analyze both the questions and answers, and compare them with the results from the original survey. Have your family and friends take the survey as well—the more that take it, the more accurate the results will be.
*NSF Poll # 2006-SCIENCE: Trend Dataset--Surveys of Public Understanding of Science and Technology. The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research Data Archive was the data distributor.