Science and innovation company 3M conducted its first annual State of Science Index (SOSI) to get a better grasp on the global population’s views and opinions toward science.

The company partnered with Ipsos, a global market research firm, to survey more than 14,000 people in 14 developed and emerging countries between June and August, 2017.

The developed countries included: Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. Countries in the “emerging” group were: Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Poland, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

The respondents were asked about their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of science, as well as questions about the image and future of science. At the surface, the results overall showed an overwhelmingly positive attitude, according to 3M. Eighty-seven percent of the world finds science fascinating, not “boring.” For example, just over half of people surveyed believe flying cars will be a reality within their lifetime.

Additionally, the vast majority of respondents were confident that science could solve some of the world’s major challenges, such as access to affordable energy, disease treatments and clean water and sanitation.

But digging deeper into more specific responses, there were some surprising answers and a consistent sense of skepticism of science fields.

Despite the majority of respondents believing science is “very important” to society in general, 38 percent still say that their everyday life would not be much different if science did not exist. And 66 percent said they rarely, if ever, think about the impact science has had on their lives.

The survey showed significant skepticism persists as well – nearly one-third of the global population is skeptical of science, and 20 percent do not trust scientists. Among the skeptics, 77 percent believe science causes just as many problems as solutions.

The skepticism and distrust may be a result of intimidation. More than one-third of the population admits that they are intimidated by science, and 36 percent say only “geniuses” can have a career in science.

But interestingly, 46 percent of respondents say they wish they had chosen a career in science. And 82 percent would encourage their children to pursue a science career.

“We set out to get a pulse on what the general public thinks and feels about science and its impact on the world. Is science valued and trusted, or is it unappreciated?” said John Banovetz, chief technology officer at 3M, in a release. “These rich insights put a spotlight on science and reveal differences in attitudes between emerging and developed countries, men and women, and even cross-generation.”

To see the full results of the State of Science Index, click here.