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Policy Corner: Poll Shows Americans Strongly Back Health Research

With American opinion fractured on many issues, a recent poll reveals strong support for a vigorous agenda of research across the spectrum of basic science, clinical medicine and public health. Research!America, of which ACSM is a member organization, recently surveyed a representative sampling of the nation's demographics, including geography, gender and ethnicity.

  • As we emerge from the recession, 78% of Americans think federal funding for health research is important for job creation and the economy.
  • 61% say accelerating our nation's investment in research to improve health is a priority.
  • 76% think global health research and development are important to the U.S. economy.
  • 84% think it is important that the government plays a role in research for prevention and wellness.
  • 91% think research and development are important to their state's economy.
  • 83% agree that basic scientific research should be funded by the federal government.
  • 66% think research to improve health is part of the solution to rising health care costs.
  • 72% favor expanding federal funding for research using embryonic stem cells.
Research!America also has launched Your Congress-Your Health, a non-partisan constituent education initiative that asks members of the 112th Congress to share their positions on research and related issues. more

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