73% in education and other fields
62% in the social sciences or humanities
42% in math, science and technology
I'm not sure which finding is more distressing. The ones for the education crowd, perhaps those teaching math, or the last group. In terms of signficance, only the first two groups upgraded the nonsense math. The STEM crowd didn't show any statistically significant preferences but they did tend to downgrade the bad math.
True the participants didn't actually read the study and to be fair they might not have judged either article as superior. This is simply their impression based on a small amount of information but I recall some study saying most professionals only read the abstracts and not the article.
I'd love to see him replicate this study with people not accustomed to reading abstracts or better yet, replicate it with a news article instead of a journal abstract - and recruit experts and others.
In any event The Nonsense Math Effect is still a timely issue as our attention spans and smart phones shrink. If even the super geeks amongst us get awestruck by a few mathematical notations then is there any hope for the rest of us?