Turkers have higher scientific literacy…

…than the average American. Not surprising, at all, since Turkers tend to more educated.

“We report that the online population performed substantially better on this standard assessment than the traditional survey population. For example, it has been widely reported that 1 in 4 Americans does not know that the Earth revolves around the Sun, whereas among the online population, this ratio is reduced to 1 in 25. While new online platforms provide researchers with unprecedented ease of access to a large sample population for studying trends in public knowledge and attitudes, generalizing from online population samples to the US population at large poses a considerable challenge.”

Cite: Cooper, E. A., & Farid, H. (2016). Does the Sun revolve around the Earth? A comparison between the general public and online survey respondents in basic scientific knowledge. Public Understanding of Science, 25(2), 146-153.

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