In his State of the Union speech, President Trump outlined a plan to rebuild the nation’s “crumbling” infrastructure. Science and technology should be assigned a high priority by the president to get the job done, according to a strong majority of Americans (81%) in a new national survey commissioned by Research!America. Results were consistently high across the political spectrum -- 86% of Republicans, 85% of Democrats, 72% of Independents said it is important for the president to prioritize science and technology to strengthen our nation’s infrastructure. And more than half of Americans (58%) agree that scientists should play a major role in shaping policy for roads, bridges and infrastructure.
“R&D is the infrastructure underlying job-creating, life-saving innovation,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO, Research!America. “Achieving success in [U.S. infrastructure] requires bolstering the budgets of federal science agencies, incentivizing public-private partnerships, and placing a greater emphasis on STEM education.”
Nearly 80% of respondents say it is important for the federal government to support incentives for private sector investment in new treatments and cures, and 67% agree that public policies should be based on the best available science.
The survey includes new data related to global competitiveness, opioids, and mental health research. To view the full survey, click here.