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Majority of Americans say research and development are key to building US economy
Date:1/5/2012

WASHINGTON January 5, 2011 The new edition of America Speaks, a compilation of public opinion polls commissioned by Research!America, demonstrates increasing public support for research and innovation to improve health, create jobs and boost the economy. However, nearly 60% of Americans don't believe we are making enough progress in medical research, and 54% don't believe the U.S. has the best health care system in the world.

These polls reveal notable themes in Americans' views on health research and the country's global competitiveness. For example, 77% agree that the U.S. is losing its competitive edge in science, technology and innovation.

Despite these findings, many Americans (86%) believe that advances in science have benefited society and have helped make life easier for most people. A vast majority (91%) also believe that research and development are important to their state's economy.

"Americans support further investment in health research and have indicated that the federal government must do more to sustain and build our economy," said Research!America Chair and former Illinois Congressman John Porter. "Scientific research has proven to be an emerging, economic driver in cities that have committed to building their life sciences industry. To secure our position as a leader in science and innovation, we need to elect officials that will support a robust investment in research. That is why the 2012 elections are critical to our nation's well-being."

The majority of Americans also believe that investing in health research is important to job creation, economic recovery and global competitiveness, and they are willing to pay for it. For example, half of those surveyed are willing to pay $1 per week more in taxes if they knew that the money would be allocated for medical research.

"These findings offer an intriguing look at how research impacts so many aspects of our lives and why it must be more of a f
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Contact: Angie Antonopoulos
aantonopoulos@researchamerica.org
571-482-2737
Research!America
Source:Eurekalert

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