People Trust Scientists, Mistrust Government, Corporations

This article is one in a series. For the other articles, please see:  INDEX: “Why You Can’t Trust Government Science”


Most people’s lists of “The 10 Biggest Lies” contains the statement that, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.”

Sadly, that applies to regulatory science as well as our upcoming series will show.

Public Trust In Government At All-Time Low

Best Science Does Not Guide Government Regulation

Scientists trustworthy, corporate execs suspicious

Confidence low in big business and in all branches of federal government

Honesty/Ethics in Professions: Business Execs Almost Dead Last

Transparency Boosts Trust

Most people recognize the statement, “just trust me” as an invitation to dishonesty or worse. But the lack of transparency in federal science means that the safety decisions that affect the health and well-being of all Americans lies in accepting an unverified “trust me” from government and corporations.

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Right-click image to enlarge. Source: 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer



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