Public views on science and health
Wellcome collects public views on topics such as science, health and medical research through our Monitor surveys: the Global Monitor which will engage with more than 140,000 people from around the world in 2018, and the UK Monitor which surveys over a thousand people across the UK every three years.
Why we run the Monitor surveys
We believe that we will be more successful in our mission if people around the world are empowered to understand, engage with and use science. The survey results inform what we do in policy, education and public engagement. We make questionnaires, datasets and reports from the surveys available for anyone to use.
Wellcome Global Monitor
This global study is designed to understand how people around the world think and feel about science and key health challenges.
The survey ran in 140 countries in 2018, as part of the Gallup World Poll. You can read the Wellcome Global Monitor 2018 report online.
Wellcome UK Monitor
Every three years we survey over a thousand people across the UK. Since 2009, we have measured trends in public attitudes towards science, including:
- how interested people are in science and medical research
- what the public know about science and medical research.
We also ask about specific topics like:
- antibiotics and antibiotic resistance
- how we decide what to eat and drink
- willingness to share personal medical information for research.
Wave 4 (2018)
We commissioned the National Centre for Social Research to ask questions about public perceptions of science in their annual British Social Attitudes survey. We will publish more insights into public attitudes on a range of medical issues later in 2019.
Wave 3 (2015)
Wave 2 (2012)
Wave 1 (2009)
Several publications have used data from the first two waves, including: