A friend brought this August 3, 2019 article to my attention -- Source: https://mailchi.mp/pewresearch.org/trust-and-mistrust-in-scientific-experts?e=e0522db5c6
"In an era when science and politics often appear to collide, public confidence in scientists is on the upswing, and six-in-ten Americans say scientists should play an active role in policy debates. At the same time, partisans are divided over how they view the value and objectivity of scientific experts.
Americans say open access to data and independent review inspire more trust in research findings
Hemant Mehta , a.k.a the Friendly Atheist is an author, blogger, and atheist activist. Hemant was the keynote speaker and the title of his talk is, “What Atheists Can Learn from Churches… Seriously” He spoke at The Connecticut Assembly for Reason & Ethics (CARE) conference held at the Mark Twain House & Museum on Saturday April 2, 2016. Watch his talk at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdH-m-Shg3I .