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Science  10 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5937, pp. 132-133
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_132

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The U.S. public respects scientists and thinks what they do is important. But few think U.S. science outperforms the rest of the world. And neither do a majority of scientists. Three surveys conducted this spring by the Pew Research Center offer some fresh insights into what both the public and scientists think about science and its impact on society.