LAKE GEORGE, N.Y., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 90% of Americans
believe that continued U.S. global leadership in technology is important to
the nation's economy, and more than 76% believe that funding for research into
the new fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology should be a priority of both
federal and state governments. In an online survey of 400 respondents
conducted by GolinHarris, 60% said the government should increase current
funding levels for nanotechnology research.
"Americans clearly understand the importance of U.S. global leadership in
technology," said Lane Bailey, worldwide director of public affairs and
manager of the firm's Nanoscience Practice in Washington, DC. "While most
Americans know little about nanoscience, when the applications of current
research and the strong global competition are detailed, they feel strongly
that the U.S. must increase federal research spending to ensure American
leadership in nanotechnology."
Current U.S. spending on nanotechnology research is $900 million per year
under the Bush Administration's 2003-2004 budget. In 2002, spending outside
the U.S. was twice what the U.S. government spent on nanotechnology research
during the same year. U.S. companies and the federal government are not
keeping pace, and U.S. leadership in this new area of technology development
"These results demonstrate that the American people understand that
tomorrow's economic growth and national security depend on today's investments
in scientific research," said Daryl Hatano, Vice President for Public Policy
at the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). "It is particularly telling
that likely voters placed an even higher priority on U.S. leadership in
technology than respondents who indicated that they were not likely to vote."
Other results from the survey include:
* 60% of Americans believe it is very important for state governments to
also get involved in nanoscience research funding;
* 80% of Americans cannot name a single company that is a leader in
nanotechnology development; and
* the older you are, the more you understand the importance of U.S.
leadership. Younger Americans may take U.S. technology leadership for
Nanoscience is the science of making things very small; and refers to a
new array of machines and materials whose key parts are less than 10
nanometers, about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.
The survey results were released by GolinHarris at the annual Albany
Symposium on Global Technology in Lake George, NY, on September 14. The
survey was conducted by GolinHarris in conjunction with Sawchuk Brown
Associates, an Albany, NY-based public affairs agency, and the SIA from
Founded in 1956, GolinHarris is a full-service public relations firm,
providing professional counsel and strategic communications programs to
clients through 27 offices around the world. GolinHarris clients include
McDonald's Corporation, Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., the Lowe's Companies,
Nintendo of America Inc., Texas Instruments, State Farm Insurance, Sprint
Corp., Florida Department of Citrus, and the William Wrigley Jr. Co.
GolinHarris is headquartered in Chicago. It is part of the Interpublic Group
of Companies (NYSE: IPG).