Sometimes, when we’re caught up in the midst of our busy lives, we don’t see the big picture. So now might be a good time to take a step back and look at our work from a different perspective.
For those working in the medical sciences , it can be frustrating, even alarming, at what seems to be a lack of interest in science among students, politicians, and the general public.
But recent polling data from Research!America offers some promise and hope.
- 70% of Americans agree basic scientific research that advances the frontiers of knowledge, even if it brings no immediate benefits, is necessary and should be supported by the federal government.
- 80% of Americans say it’s important that elected officials at all levels listen to advice from scientists.
- A plurality (44%) say they’re willing to pay more in taxes if they were certain that all of the money would be spent on additional medical research, and more than half (53%) say it’s important to make the R&D tax credit permanent.
- 75% of Americans agree that research has benefits their family’s health.
It’s not all great news, though, as the Research!America polling shows only 46% of Americans support the use of animals in medical research. But, 27% are undecided on the issue, which means there is a lot of potential support there. And recent FBR polling shows that almost 58% of Americans support the humane and responsible use of animals in biomedical research, especially when there’s a perceived public health threat, like Ebola.
So, while it may seem all gloom and doom in today’s busy world and interest in research, there’s hope for the future.