n-commentPublic Attitudes

Support for Science Stays Strong

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Science  31 May 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5266, pp. 1256
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5266.1256a


Two new surveys show that the public's support for science and technology remains strong even as federal legislators weigh cuts in the overall R&D budget. At the same time, the surveys—one nationwide and the other based on a sample of Californians—suggest that public understanding of basic scientific concepts is shaky at best.