US Scientific Literacy Study 2016

Resource Type
  • Miller, Jon D (Univ of Michigan)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    • Award Number: NNX16AC66A
Free Keywords
information acquisition; sciencific literacy; attitudes toward science and technology
  • Abstract

    The 2016 US Scientific Literacy Study is a national probability sample of US adult age 18 and older conducted by AmeriSpeak at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. The first was was conducted in February and March of 2016 and the second wave was conducted in November and December of 2016. This study measures civic scientific literacy, attitudes toward science and technology, and a wide range of information acquisition behaviors.
  • Weighting

    Separate weights are computed for the first wave of the survey and for the combination of the two waves and are included in the data set.
  • Methods

    Response Rates: The weighted cumulative response rate for both waves is 14%.
  • Methods

    Presence of Common Scales: Numerous scales are used and are included in the data set.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2016-02-01 / 2016-12-31
    Time Period: Mon Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2016--Sat Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2016 (2016)
Geographic Coverage
  • US adults age 18 and older
Sampled Universe
Probability sample of US adults age 18 and older.. Smallest Geographic Unit: US adults age 18 and older.
The sample was selected by the NORC using a national listing of occupied residences compiled by the US Post Office. Respondents were selected on a probability basis to reflect the US adult population.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted self interview (CASI); telephone interview;

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
  • Is version of
    DOI: 10.3886/E129224
  • Miller, Jon D, Mark S Ackerman, Belen Laspra, and Jordan Huffaker. “The Acquisition of Health and Science Information in the 21st Century.” The Information Society 37, no. 2 (March 2021): tbd.

Update Metadata: 2020-12-22 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-12-22