Historically, science and technology issues were often treated as a special interest or altogether ignored in politics. However, times have changed. A new nationally representative poll out today commissioned by Research!America and ScienceDebate* suggests that Americans want to hear more about research, innovation and global leadership from candidates. For example, the vast majority of Americans (86%) agree with the statement:
In fact, 87% say it's important that candidates for President and Congress have a basic understanding of the science informing public policy issues. And this isn't a partisan sentiment, but a priority across parties:
The results of this poll reveal that Americans are keenly interested in the science and technology policy priorities of candidates running for office. And personally, I hope they address a myriad of related topics shaping how we live over the coming decades.
Regardless, what all of us--and presidential hopefuls--can be sure of is that when it comes to science policy in the next election, voters are certainly paying attention.
* Full disclosure: I serve as executive director of ScienceDebate.