New Poll Finds Americans are Pessimistic about Future of American Research

In a new poll by Research!America and the American Society of Hematology, Americans predict China will surpass the U.S. in science and innovation by 2020, that elected officials are not paying enough attention to combating diseases, and that the federal government is currently not spending enough on medical research.

Americans also did not have faith that a budget agreement would be met and 65% of respondents predicted that another government shutdown would happen in the coming months. That prediction was shared across party lines with 66% of Democrats, 65% of Republicans, and 65% of independents believing a shutdown was likely. The majority of respondents also found that the shutdown in October caused “significant harm to many government-funded programs including medical research, defense and education.”

Other key findings included:

  • 44% of respondents said Congress must tackle tax and entitlement reform to reduce the deficit instead of continuing the 10 years of across-the-board cuts (sequestration);
  • 61% of respondents said the federal government must increase investments in medical and health research now to ensure that the U.S. can compete globally; and
  • 75% of respondents said it’s important to invest in research for job creation and economic recovery.

Read more poll results.


Date originally posted: December 6, 2013.