FSD2606 Science Barometer 2010shortcuts: data collection | citation | publications
Kiljunen, Pentti (Yhdyskuntatutkimus)
The survey studied Finnish public opinion on science and research, scientific-technical development, and sources of scientific information.
The respondents rated their interest in following various subject areas in the media (e.g. culture and arts, sports, economy, politics, science and research), and interest in specific scientific and research issues (e.g. new scientific innovations, medicine, information technology, space research or history research). The importance of various sources of information on science and scientific development was surveyed. The respondents were asked to name one present-day and one former prominent Finnish scientist, as well as an invention or accomplishment of Finnish science.
One question explored trust in various institutions: Parliament, the church, trade unions, the media, armed forces, universities, the European Union, main research funders etc. Views were probed on how well certain aspects of science (for instance, quality of research, ethical issues, science funding, usefulness of science to everyday life) have been taken care of in Finland. The respondents were asked whether science can solve certain problems or help mankind (e.g. find a cure for cancer, raise the standard of living, eradicate hunger from the world, promote peace, happiness, security or democracy, decrease unemployment).
The survey also carried a number of attitudinal statements on science and research. Statements covered, for instance, co-operation between universities and businesses, scientific information in the media, alternative medicine, relationship between science and religion, vivisection, genetic engineering, use of scientific information in decision-making, science funding and its allocation, science and research policy, impact of scientific and technological development, university policy, arts and humanities, ethics.
Background variables included the respondent's gender, age group, size of the municipality of residence, region, basic and vocational education, field of education, economic activity and occupational status.
attitudes; research; science; scientific research
science studies (FSD Topics Classification)
science and technology (CESSDA Topics Classification)
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Tieteen tiedotus ry
14.6.2010 - 1.9.2010
People aged 18 - 70 living in Finland (excluding the Åland Islands)
Simple random samling. A sample of 5,000 persons was randomly selected from the population register.
The first postal round, sent to the 5,000 sampled persons, yielded 968 adequately filled questionnaires. The number of obtained responses was lower that the set objective of one thousand respondents. Therefore, a reminder letter as sent to 1,000 persons of the original sample, regardless of whether they had responded earlier or not. The second round yielded 63 adequately filled questionnaires. As the reminder was not sent to all persons in the sample, the response rate is not reported (though calculated directly it is 20,6% of the whole sample).
Sampling compared to the previous rounds of this survey series: this round had a larger sample while more resources had been devoted to follow-up procedures for non-respondents in the previous rounds.
Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Data: SPSS portable file. Data available also in other file formats.
Number of cases and variables
1031 cases and 145 variables
See downloadable files at the top of the page
Questionnaire: pdf file in Finnish
Data Appraisal and Notes
The data are fairly representative of the population in terms of key demographic, social and regional factors. In terms of education, the highly educated are slightly overrepresented. In terms of gender, women are slightly overrepresented.
The source must be acknowledged in any publication based wholly or in part on the data. The bibliographic citation may be in the form required by the publication, or in the form suggested by the archive.
Kiljunen, Pentti: Science Barometer 2010 [computer file]. FSD2606, version 1.0 (2011-02-10). Lempäälä: Yhdyskuntatutkimus [data collection], 2010. Helsinki: Tieteen tiedotus ry [producer], 2010.Tampere: Finnish Social Science Data Archive [distributor], 2011.
The archive must be informed of all publications where the data have been used.
The depositor and the archive bear no responsibility for any results or interpretations arising from the secondary use of the data.
Tiedebarometri 2010. Tutkimus suomalaisten suhtautumisesta tieteeseen ja tieteellis-tekniseen kehitykseen (2010). Helsinki : Tieteen tiedotus ry. http://www.sci.fi/~yhdys/tb4/tiedebaro4.htm [viitattu 10.2.2010]