Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey 1998

Module: Public Understanding of Science

This page lists the questions asked within the Public Understanding of Science module in 1998. Clicking on the short variable name printed before every question will bring you to the tables of results for that question. Publications and further information on Public Understanding of Science can be found on the Public Understanding of Science Resources page.

Some of these questions were also asked in the Young Life and Times Survey.

SPORTNW: Are you interested in sports in the news?

POLITNW: Are you interested in politics in the news?

MEDICNW: Are you interested in new medical discoveries in the news?

FILMNW: Are you interested in new films in the news?

INVENNW: Are you interested in new inventions and technologies in the news?

DISCNW: Are you interested in new scientific discoveries in the news?

NATURTV: Would you watch a programme on television about animals and wildlife?

STARTV: Would you watch a programme on television about stars and planets?

INVENTV: Would you watch a programme on television about new inventions and technology?

MEDICTV: Would you watch a programme on television about advances in medicine?

ALEVENGL: Would you advise a 16 year old to study for A-level English?

ALEVMATH: Would you advise a 16 year old to study for A-level Maths?

ALEVHIST: Would you advise a 16 year old to study for A-level History?

ALEVGEOG: Would you advise a 16 year old to study for A-level Geography?

ALEVFREN: Would you advise a 16 year old to study for A-level French?

ALEVGERM: Would you advise a 16 year old to study for A-level German?

ALEVECON: Would you advise a 16 year old to study for A-level Economics?

ALEVBIOL: Would you advise a 16 year old to study for A-level Biology?

ALEVPHYS: Would you advise a 16 year old to study for A-level Physics?

ALEVCHEM: Would you advise a 16 year old to study for A-level Chemistry?

ALEVCOMP: Would you advise a 16 year old to study for A-level Computer Studies?

ALEVDESI: Would you advise a 16 year old to study for A-level Design and Technology?

ALEVNONE: Would you advise a 16 year old not to study for A-levels?

ALEVOTH: Would you advise a 16 year old to study other subjects for A-level?

ZOOVST: How many times have you visited a zoo, aquarium, safari park or wildlife park in the last 12 months?

MUSEVST: How many times have you visited a science, technology or natural history museum or science centre in the last 12 months?

LECTVST: How many times have you attended a science festival or a lecture or evening class on a scientific subject in the last 12 months?

FAIRVST: How many times have you attended a technological, computer or electronic show or fair in the last 12 months?

WHATSCI: What do you think it means to study something scientifically?

LIFEBET: Do you agree that science and technology are making our lives healthier, easier and more comfortable?

DEPSCI: Do you agree that we depend too much on science and not enough on faith?

BENFSCI: Do you agree that the benefits of science are greater than any harmful effects?

TOOFAST: Do you agree that science makes our way of life change too fast?

SCINIMP: Do you agree that it is not important to know about science in daily life?

HOROSCOP: Do you read a horoscope or a personal astrology report?

HOROSER: How seriously do you take what a horoscope or personal astrology report says?

DRUGTEST: How would scientists investigate high blood pressure?

SCIQUIZ1: Is it true that the centre of the earth is very hot?

SCIQUIZ2: Is it true that lasers work by focusing sound waves?

SCIQUIZ3: Is it true that the father's gene decides whether the baby is a boy or a girl?

SCIQUIZ4: Is it true that antibiotics kill viruses as well as bacteria?

SCIQUIZ5: Does the earth go round the sun, or the sun go round the earth?

EVOLVE: Did human beings develop from earlier species of animals?

SCIQUIZ7: Is DNA related to the study of stars, rocks, living things or computers?

SCISPEND: Who spends most on scientific research?

PROBAB1: If three children, none will have inherited illness.

PROBAB2: If first child has inherited illness, the next three will not.

PROBAB3: Each child has same risk of suffering from inherited illness

PROBAB4: If first three children are healthy, the fourth child will have inherited illness.

BSEDISAG: Why do scientists disagree about whether BSE makes it dangerous to eat British beef?

BSECONFM: Whose statement on BSE do you trust most?

BSECONFN: Whose statement on BSE do you trust next?

BSECONFL: Whose statement on BSE do you trust least?

NUCDISAG: Why do scientists disagree about the threat of nuclear power stations?

NUCCONFM: Whose statement on nuclear power stations do you trust most?

NUCCONFN: Whose statement on nuclear power stations do you trust next?

NUCCONL: Whose statement on nuclear power stations do you trust least?

DNAINSUR: How likely is it that genetic information will be used when getting health or life insurance within the next 25 years?

DNAJOB: How likely is it that genetic information will be used when getting a job within the next 25 years?

DNACREDT: How likely is it that genetic information will be used when getting credit at the bank within the next 25 years?

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