Americans Say Candidates Running for National Office Should Prioritize Funding for Research


In a recent survey, a strong majority of Americans (80%) say candidates running for Congress should have a basic understanding of scientific issues, and more than two-thirds (68%) say candidates should have a science advisor. The findings underscore the importance of elevating scientific research and innovation in the midterm elections. As part of Your Candidates-Your Health, Research!America and member organizations are sharing relevant survey data, fact sheets, reports and other materials with candidates and voters to ensure robust investments and policies favorable to public and private sector research are among national priorities this election season.

Cutting-edge research is critical to improving health, strengthening the economy and sustaining our nation’s leadership in science and technology. In fact, a large majority of Americans (79%) say it’s important for the federal government to support incentives for private sector investment in new treatments and cures, and 81% say it's important for scientists to inform elected officials about their research and its impact on society.

Research!America invites the public to join advocates in urging candidates to make scientific, medical and health research a higher national priority. Visit to learn more about Your Candidates-Your Health, and get involved on Facebook and Twitter.

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Without continued support for health research, many of the most promising young scientists, their ideas and a myriad of potentially life-changing scientific breakthroughs will vanish into oblivion.
Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco