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Sample iPOLL here, but there are more than 1,000 questions on Medical Research since 1948!

Medical Research Spending

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If you had to choose one, which of the following domestic programs would you be willing to reduce in order to cut government spending--education, roads, bridges and other infrastructure, science and medical research, or aid to the unemployed and poor?
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [Apr, 2013]




As you may know, there will be cuts this year (2013) to defense and military readiness, education and teachers, public safety, and airline security personnel, women's and infants' health services, unemployment benefits and scientific research. All in all, do you think these spending cuts in defense and domestic programs are a good thing or bad thing? (Is that strongly or not so strongly?)
Sample: National voters
Democracy Corps/Women's Voices. Women Vote/Voter Participation Center Poll, [Mar, 2013]




(I'm going to mention some areas of government spending where some groups are seeking dramatic changes or complete elimination. Please tell me whether you think the action would result in savings to the federal deficit that would be very large, fairly large, fairly small, or would make little difference at all.)...Significantly cut federal funding for medical and scientific research
Bloomberg Poll, [Mar, 2011]



Stem Cell Research

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Do you approve or disapprove of medical research using embryonic stem cells?
CBS News Poll, [Dec, 2010]




On the whole, how much do you favor or oppose medical research that uses stem cells from human embryos--do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose?
VCU Life Sciences Survey, [May, 2010]




Do you favor or oppose medical research that uses stem cells from sources that do not involve human embryos? Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose?
Note: Asked of Form 1 half sample
VCU Life Sciences Survey, [May, 2010]



Government Funding Of Stem Cell Research

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Should federal spending on medical research using embryonic stem cells be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?
CBS News Poll, [Dec, 2010]




Do you think the federal government should or should not fund research that would use newly created stem cells obtained from human embryos?
CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, [Sep, 2010]




(How much if anything, have you heard about each of the following? Have you heard a lot, a little or nothing at all?)...A federal judge's ruling blocking the expansion of stem cell research using federal funds
Pew Weekly News Interest Index Poll, [Aug, 2010]



Genetic Engineering

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If you wanted to learn about scientific issues such as global warming or biotechnology, where would you get information--newspapers, magazines, the Internet, books or other printed materials, TV (television), radio, government agencies, family, friends, colleagues, or some other source?
%
3     Newspaper
4     Magazines
62     The Internet
6     Books/Other printed material
19     TV
1     Radio
1     Government agencies
1     Family
*     Friends/Colleagues
*     Library (Vol.)
*     Other
2     Don't know
Note: Asked of 1/2 sample
General Social Survey 2012, [Mar, 2012]




(Now I'd like to read you a list of industries. After I read each one, please tell me how important you think this industry is to creating economic growth in the US (United States) over the next 5-10 years.)...Biotechnology...Would you say it is extremely important, very important, somewhat important or not too important?
Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll, [Nov, 2010]




If you wanted to learn about scientific issues such as global warming or biotechnology, where would you get information--newspapers, magazines, the Internet, books or other printed materials, TV (television), radio, government agencies, family, friends, colleagues, or some other source?
%
4     Newspaper
4     Magazines
57     The Internet
13     Books/Other printed material
14     TV
1     Radio
4     Government agencies
1     Family
1     Friends/Colleagues
1     Library (Vol.)
1     Don't know
Note: Asked of 1/8 sample
General Social Survey 2010, [Mar, 2010]



Use Of Animals For Medical Research

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Here are some specific proposals concerning the treatment of animals. For each one, please say whether you strongly support this proposal, somewhat support it, somewhat oppose it, or strongly oppose this proposal. How about...banning all medical research on laboratory animals?
Gallup Poll, [May, 2008]




Scientists should be allowed to do research that causes pain and injury to animals like dogs and chimpanzees if it produces new information about human health problems. Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree?
Note: Asked of 2/3 sample
General Social Survey 2008, [Apr, 2008]




In general, do you favor or oppose using animals in medical research--strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose?
VCU Life Sciences Survey, [Nov, 2007]



Human Cloning

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(Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong.) How about...cloning humans?
Gallup Poll, [May, 2013]




(Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong.) How about...cloning humans?
Gallup Poll, [May, 2012]




(Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong.) How about...cloning humans?
Gallup Poll, [May, 2011]



Animal Cloning

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(Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong.) How about...cloning animals?
Gallup Poll, [May, 2013]




(Now I'm going to read you a list of things that may or may not happen in about the next 40 years, that is before the year 2050. Please tell me how likely you think it is that each will happen.)...Scientists will bring back an extinct animal species by cloning it....Do you think this will definitely happen, will probably happen, will probably not happen, or will definitely not happen, in about the next 40 years?
Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project Poll, [Mar, 2013]




(Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong.) How about...cloning animals?
Gallup Poll, [May, 2012]



From the Archives


Another issue in the regulation of medicine concerns the use of animals in research. Do you believe that the use of animals in medical research is necessary for progress in medicine, or not?
Health Care Issues, [Feb, 1988]




How important would you say that it is for this country to develop cures and treatments for... extreme anxiety... even if it means higher taxes to support the research. Please us a 5-point scale, where 5 means it is extremely important and 1 means it is not at all important.
%
55     Extremely/Very important (pt. 5,4)
45     Somewhat through not at all important (pt. 3,2,1)
Note: See note
Brain Disorders Survey, [Dec, 1992]




Now I'd like you to think about federal spending to fight AIDS. Compared with the money the federal government spends on research and treatment to combat other health and medical problems such as heart disease and cancer, do you think federal spending on AIDS research and treatment is too high, too low or about right?
Kaiser Family Foundation Survey on Americans and AIDS/HIV, [Nov, 1995]




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answered Morally acceptable when asked "(Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong.) How about...medical research using stem cells obtained from human embryos?"
Gallup Poll, [May, 2013]


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