Two-thirds of Americans (66%) say it's important for candidates running for office to assign a high priority to funding medical research.
This is according to America Speaks, Volume 14, a compilation of key questions from public opinion polls commissioned by Research!America. Polling shows that Americans place a high value on U.S. leadership in medical innovation, yet only 12% say they are very well informed about the positions of their senators and representative when it comes to their support of medical and scientific research. http://www.researchamerica.org/poll_summary.
To help close this knowledge gap, Research!America and partner organizations are launching a national voter education initiative, Ask Your Candidates! Is Medical Research Progress a Priority? Through online and grassroots activities, social media strategies and on-the-ground events, congressional candidates will be urged to share their views on government policies and support for medical innovation conducted in both the public and private sectors. http://www.askyourcandidates.org.
During election season, Americans want candidates to talk about medical progress. Nearly three-quarters (74%) say it's important to know whether their candidates for Congress are supportive of medical and scientific research. Notably, more than half of respondents (53%) do not believe elected officials in Washington are paying enough attention to combating the many deadly diseases that afflict Americans.
In other polling in America Speaks:
- 61% of Americans agree that the federal government must increase investments in medical and health research now to ensure that the U.S. can compete globally.
- 48% say we are not making enough progress in medical research in the U.S.
- 80% say it's important that our nation supports research that focuses on improving how our health care system is functioning.
- 73% believe the federal government should assign a higher priority to improving education focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics and careers in those fields.
- 43% would be willing to pay $1 per week more in taxes if they were certain that all of the money would be spent on additional medical research.
- 75% say investing in research is important to job creation and economic recovery.