A majority of Americans say candidates should have basic understanding of science informing public policy

A fitting opening post for our News section! A poll recently commissioned by ResearchAmerica! and ScienceDebate.org indicates wide support for policy and legislation based on scientific data. Notable points include:

  • 84% of Americans agree that it is important for scientists to inform elected officials and the public about their research and its impact on society.
  • Both Democrats and Republicans listed “health care” and “energy” as the top two areas in which research has affected their daily lives.
  • 87% of Americans agree that candidates for President and Congress should have a basic understanding of the science informing public policy issues

For a full description of the poll and a link to its data, go here