Report dives into Latinos’ trust in science, representation in STEM
Latinos' views about science, health, Covid doctors and Hispanic representation in STEM are the focus of a new Pew Research report surveying over 3700 Hispanics.
Although Hispanics hold “largely trusting” views about scientists, about 6 in 10 feel Latino scientists aren’t visible enough in successful STEM jobs, according to survey results released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.
The report is based on a survey of nearly 15,000 U.S. adults, including 3,716 Hispanics, whose responses make up most of the findings. The report also draws from a series of focus groups held with 29 Latino participants in July 2021.
The results offer a comprehensive look at what Hispanic Americans think about science education, their representation in science-related fields, their interactions with the health care system amid the pandemic, and their level of overall trust with science-related news.
Nearly three-fourths of Hispanic Americans say they can “rely a lot or some” on experts about the coronavirus and vaccinations, although many reported frustration about how news about the virus has been shared across partisan lines.
In December 2021, almost half of them were talking about vaccines and the virus practically every day several times a week, while most Hispanic adults rated the competence of medical researchers as “largely positive.”