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Date:12/27/2011

e Food and Drug Administration, science, technology, engineering and math education, and government investment in health research for military veterans. www.yourcandidatesyourhealth.org. All presidential candidates were invited to participate.

The responses from Obama and Gingrich largely reflect public sentiment on federal support for research. In new public opinion poll data, a vast majority of Americans (86%) believe investing in health research is important for job creation and economic recovery and (54%) say research is part of the solution to rising health care costs. Seventy-seven percent believe the U.S. is losing its global competitive edge in science and innovation. However, 60% say they are uninformed about their representatives' positions on medical, health and scientific research.

"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:

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Contact: Suzanne Ffolkes
sffolkes@researchamerica.org
571-482-2710
Research!America
Source:Eurekalert

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