The perpetual chasm between society and congress


The men and women we call leaders.

 

Thank you, Congress, for your objective and far-sighted vision showing the nation is your top priority and you are looking out for its best interest. The most recent survey data from the National Science Foundation shows the general public overwhelmingly supports federal funding of basic research:

Since 1985, NSF surveys have asked Americans whether, “even if it brings no immediate benefits, scientific research that advances the frontiers of knowledge is necessary and should be supported by the federal government.” In 2010, 82% agreed or strongly agreed with this statement; 14% disagreed. 

Not only does the public support federal funding for science and engineering research, they also hold high esteem for scientists, second only to firefighters and ahead of doctors, teachers, and members of the clergy. In another section, 91% of surveyed Americans are at least moderately interested in scientific discoveries. So, there is hope Americans can become more science literate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “The perpetual chasm between society and congress”

  1. It is difficult to believe we are in the 21st century and our representatives in Washington seem to believe that we “really don’t know” how badly they have screwed this up.

      1. I looked long and hard at that standing letter from 1945–it may not be that we have no will to change.
        The current social environment is so (very very) anti-science. It is a sad commentary on contemporary culture.

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