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Ohio residents: Medical and health research important to state's economy, jobs and incomes
Date:5/16/2011

ow the strong priority Ohio residents place on medical and scientific research and that they understand the link between strong investment in research and science education, job creation and economic prosperity," said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America. "This widespread support should send a resounding message to policy makers about the critical need for continued investment in medical and scientific research."

Nearly half (49%) of Ohioans say that the 5 cents of each health dollar the nation spent in 2009 on medical and health research was not enough, and 60% say it is a top or high priority to accelerate our nation's investment in research to improve health. One-third say it is primarily the federal government's responsibility to accelerate that investment; 28% say private industry; and 20%, research institutions or universities.

"Our survey research clearly shows that vast majorities of people in Ohio feel strongly about the importance of medical and health research to the economy of the state and that it is important for Ohio to support the education of health professionals for rural and urban undeserved communities," said John Zogby, chairman of the board and chief insights officer, IBOPE Zogby International. "These results are compelling, and interestingly, they often transcend political ideologies and party lines."

Further findings from the Ohio poll include:

  • 81% say they would approve of their state offering financial incentives to companies to attract new scientific research labs or companies;
  • 97% think education and training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is important78% say very importantto U.S. competitiveness and future economic prosperity;
  • 90% of Ohioans say it is important that elected officials at all levels listen to advice from scientists and public health professionals when setting policy or spending priorities; and
  • 62% agree that basic research which
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Contact: Eva Maciejewski
emaciejewski@researchamerica.org
571-482-2712
Research!America
Source:Eurekalert

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