I think that science has more appeal to students because there are opportunities for hands-on work, and because it's easier to see the connection between ones everyday life and science than it is with math.
Many students have trouble with abstract ideas and need to "do" in order to understand a topic. This is much more easily arranged in science class than in math.
I must agree that a statement regarding the liking of science over math can not be expected to be accepted universally. Many people love math. The problem many have with math (which makes them not like it) is that it can be a hard subject for some to grasp. I myself always hated both subjects in high school, I am an English teacher now. That being said, I have never disregarded math or science as unimportant.
As an English teacher and history buff, I never cared much for math when I was in school. But I always found science interesting, especially the historical aspects of the subjects. I was fascinated by the space programs of the 1960s and 1970s (and particularly the astronauts of the Gemini and Apollo missions) as well as the underwater exploration of the era.
I do not think this is necessarily true, but since science is the application of math most people will see it as interesting. Science you can see, and math is theoretical until you apply it. Science and math both explain our lives and make our lives easier.
I agree with Post #3 here. It's often very hard to see the practical applications of math. But the sciences' practical applications are very easily seen. They help us understand the things we see everyday in a way that math does not.
I think some people have trouble seeing how to apply math concepts to their everyday lives. Some areas of science have topics that can be easily demonstrated so some learners can understand the idea better and other topics have more relevance in our day to day lives.
I wouldn't say that everyone does, it's been my experience as a history teacher that plenty of people enjoy math, and often they enjoy both science and math. In fact, many of the sciences, particularly the physical sciences, appeal to people precisely because they require so much math.
Not all like science more than math, but most do. I agree with the above posts, that people see more use in science than in math and science seems more appealing. However, math has its uses too, in the simplest skills like telling time, counting money or cutting a cake equally for a group of people. Also, math and science are interlinked, such as physics which requires calculation, and chemistry which requires the balancing of equations. I don't see why we shouldn't like math nor science... I like both :)