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Table 3 Characteristics of participants in the China-Canada survey 2012

From: Bridging the gap between science and policy: an international survey of scientists and policy makers in China and Canada

Characteristic/opinion China n = 121 (100 %) Canada n = 86 (100 %) t p value
1. Current role     
 A scientist 69 (57 %) 25 (29 %) 3.98 p < 0.05*
 A policy maker 23 (19 %) 26 (30 %) −1.83 n.s.
 Both a scientist and a policy maker 29 (24 %) 35 (41 %) −2.60 p < 0.05*
2. Years working as a scientist     
 Never 23 (19 %) 26 (30 %) −1.83 n.s.
 1–9 years 12 (10 %) 13 (15 %) −1.09 n.s.
 10–19 years 34 (28 %) 18 (21 %) 1.14 n.s.
 20+ years 52 (43 %) 29 (34 %) 1.31 n.s.
3. Years working as a policy maker     
 Never 69 (57 %) 25 (29 %) 3.98 p < 0.05*
 1-9 years 24 (20 %) 17 (20 %) 0.00 n.s.
 10–19 years 20 (17 %) 33 (38 %) −3.41 p < 0.05*
 20+ years 8 (7 %) 11 (13 %) −1.45 n.s.
4. Sex     
 Male 75 (62 %) 40 (47 %) 2.14 p < 0.05*
 Female 46 (38 %) 46 (53 %) −2.14 p < 0.05*
5. Age     
 <35 years 11 (9 %) 1 (1 %) 2.45 p < 0.05*
 35–54 years 94 (78 %) 44 (51 %) 4.06 p < 0.05*
 55+ years 16 (13 %) 41 (48 %) −5.56 p < 0.05*
6. How important do you think it is to bridge the gap between science and policy?     
 Very important 78 (64 %) 68 (79 %) −2.33 p < 0.05*
 Somewhat important 36 (30 %) 14 (16 %) 2.32 p < 0.05*
 Neither important nor unimportant 6 (5 %) 3 (3 %) 0.71 n.s.
 Somewhat unimportant 1 (1 %) 0 (0 %) 0.93 n.s.
 Very unimportant 0 (0 %) 1 (1 %) −1.10 n.s.
  1. n.s. non-significant
  2. *p < 0.05 (two-sided), **p < 0.01 (two-sided)