Published on December 28, 2011 at 6:52 AM
"Unfortunately, many elected officials and candidates have failed to elevate these issues in their campaigns," said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America. "The poll underscores Americans' willingness to make research a high priority to address our economic and health challenges."
In other polling data, most Americans say it's important to increase funding for federal health research agencies -- (86%) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), (79%) for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and (75%) for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
"Americans realize that massive spending cuts for federal agencies like the NIH would move our country in the wrong direction," said Research!America's chair, former Illinois Congressman John Porter. "A strong investment in research will yield more scientific discoveries, boost our global competitiveness and help lower health care costs. We need elected officials who will aggressively support and expand research and development."
Additional findings from the public opinion poll include:
- 85% think research and innovation is important to their state economy.
- 48% say there is not enough government investment in health research for the benefit of military veterans and service members.
- 82% say it's important to conduct medical or health research to eliminate health disparities.
- 73% believe the federal government should place more emphasis on increasing the number of young Americans who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- 61% favor expanding federal funding for research using embryonic stem cells.