A survey of likely U.S. voters shows that fewer than half believe America will be a world leader in health care or in science and technology by 2020-just eight years from now. The new polling data, compiled in Research!America's partnership with JZ Analytics, was released at Research!America's events on March 14.
When asked about their feelings on U.S. rankings today, respondents' attitudes were similarly skeptical: Only 23% consider the U.S. to be the world leader in health and medical research today. That contrasts sharply with Americans' aspirational attitudes; 91% said it's important for the U.S. to maintain its role as a world leader. Fifty-seven percent have a negative reaction upon hearing that federal spending on medical and health research has declined in the past 5 years when adjusted for inflation. And 54% said health and medical research should be exempt from across-the-board spending cuts as outlined in the Budget Control Act of 2011.
Other poll highlights include:
- 65% of Americans say it's important that the U.S. is a leader in medical and health research;
- 85% of likely voters are concerned about the impact of decreased federal investment in research, including the possibility of scientists leaving their profession or moving abroad to countries with a stronger investment in research;
- 66% of likely voters believe government investment in medical and health research will have an impact on the future of the United States; and
- nearly 70% of Americans believe science and math education will have an impact on the future of the United States.
To view the poll, visit www.researchamerica.org/uploads/0312nationalpollwithJZA.pdf.