Bioscience

New survey says that Arizonans expect an economy based on science and technology

November 17, 2006

By Flinn Foundation

A statewide survey shows that Arizonans “regardless of location, income, education, or gender” are convinced that science and technology will deliver on high-paying jobs, personal benefits, and solutions to environmental and health problems. The results of this first-ever, in-depth study are presented in “Arizonans’ Attitudes toward Science, Technology, and Their Effects on the Economy,” a report from Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU.

Morrison Institute’s survey reveals that Arizona residents agree that science and technology play an important part in the states economic development. In addition, Arizonans want their state to be a leader in science and technology research. Responses by Arizonans also acknowledge that leadership would require investment and a commitment to science education. For example:

  • More than nine out of ten respondents said that it is important for Arizona to be a national and international leader in science and technology.
  • Nearly 90% of Arizonans surveyed felt developments in science and technology help create new high-paying jobs.
  • More than 70% of those surveyed said they would be willing to pay higher taxes to support science and technology research that would create new jobs and improve health care.
  • Eight out of ten said they believe that science education is at least as important as teaching math, reading, and writing.
  • Two out of three reported they are more likely to vote for statewide candidates who support science and technology research in the state.

[Note: To read the full report, click here.]