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

ocal point in the national conversation, particularly during an election year," said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America. "Looking at science as a solution to our economic woes and health challenges is a smart strategy for elected officials and candidates. Americans see science as a solution, and our public policy should reflect that."

Grooming the next generation of scientists is also key to our country's health and prosperity, Porter added. More than 70% of Americans believe that the federal government should place more emphasis on the number of American students who pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers.

The poll data summary also provides a glimpse into some of the top health policy issues for 2012, such as rising obesity rates in this country.

"We need an integrated strategy involving both the public and private sector to address the obesity epidemic," said Woolley. According to America Speaks!, 52% of Americans say government should play a role in prevention research to help Americans make behavioral changes that can help them overcome obesity, smoking and other hazardous and costly health threats.

Among the most notable poll highlights:

  • 54% of Americans believe the U.S. does not have the best health care system in the world;
  • 51% of Americans think that more health funding should go toward research;
  • 82% of Americans believe it's important to conduct medical or health research to understand and eliminate health disparities; and
  • 87% of Americans think elected officials should listen to health professionals regarding health threats.

To view America Speaks, Volume 12, visit: http://www.researchamerica.org/uploads/AmericaSpeaksV12.pdf


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Contact: Angie Antonopoulos
aantonopoulos@researchamerica.org
571-482-2737
Research!America
Source:Eurekalert

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