Will the new Administration cultivate a policy environment that will allow research and innovation in the U.S. to flourish? There’s no clear consensus among the public, according to a new national survey commissioned by Research!America. Findings show that Americans are split on whether the U.S. will be seen as the global leader in science and innovation under President Donald Trump (41% of Americans agree, 40% disagree and 19% are not sure). Those in agreement include a strong majority of Republicans (70%) compared to Independents (34%) and Democrats (19%).
When asked if great strides in science and innovation will continue while Donald Trump is President, opinions were also divided (46% agree, 33% disagree and 22% not sure), with more Republicans (74%) than Independents (44%) and Democrats (22%) agreeing. But more than half of respondents (52%) are willing to pay $1 per week more in taxes if certain that all of the money would be spent on additional medical research, including Democrats (60%), Republicans (47%) and Independents (47%).
“It is noteworthy that respondents across party lines agree with putting research to work and paying more in taxes to support medical research,” said Mary Woolley, Research!America president and CEO. “It is not surprising that Republicans are significantly more confident in President Trump’s leadership.”
Furthermore, a majority of Americans agree that scientists should play a major role in shaping policy over a wide range, including the environment (75%), education (58%), roads, bridges and other infrastructure (55%), national defense (51%), and at the highest percentage, for medical and health research (83%).
“Americans recognize that science is fundamental to so many priorities that matter,” added Woolley. “Nothing is more essential to securing a productive society than a high-functioning infrastructure that includes public health.”
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