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New poll suggests leaders need to listen more closely to Americans
Date:4/6/2011

WASHINGTONApril 6, 2011With Congress at a budget impasse, a new poll suggests the nation's leaders should look more deeply at the public's priorities, particularly regarding proposed cuts to medical, health and scientific research. Research!America urges our nation's leaders to put the public's interest and the nation's future ahead of politics and to move past polarizing budget battles and the uncertainty of continuing resolutions that resolve nothing. Americans are hungry for solutions from Washington.

The poll, commissioned by Research!America, surveyed a mix of self-described conservatives (32%), liberals (32%) and moderates (36%). Among the findings:

  • As we emerge from the recession, 78% of Americans think federal funding for health research is important for job creation and the economy;
  • 61% say accelerating our nation's investment in research to improve health is a priority;
  • 76% think global health R&D is important to the U.S. economy; and
  • 84% think it is important that the government plays a role in research for prevention and wellness.

The poll shows that Americans support the entire research enterprise, from federally funded research to research funded by the private sector, but that fewjust 11%say they are very well informed about their elected officials' positions on medical, health and scientific research.

To address this gap, Research!America and more than a dozen partner organizations have joined forces for the 2011 launch of Your CongressYour Health, a non-partisan constituent education initiative that asks members of the 112th Congress to share their positions on research and related issues.

Former Congressman John E. Porter (R-IL), Research!America's chair, said: "Today we face the most daunting challenge to research funding in perhaps 65 years. Now is a crucial time to ask elected officials their views on medical and health research. Research, and the work buildin
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Contact: Eva Maciejewski
emaciejewski@researchamerica.org
571-482-2712
Research!America
Source:Eurekalert

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