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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

 3:37 PM 

Surveys show voters hopeful on disease cures

By WisBusiness Staff

Here's some news that biotech researchers and business people should find heartening:

Two different surveys released this week show U.S. voters rate the importance of finding cures to diseases as a top national issue, ahead of the war on terrorism and dealing with illegal immigration. The polls were conducted for the Biotechnology Industry Organization and unveiled at the BIO 2007 convention in Boston.

The surveys were conducted jointly by the nationally recognized Republican and Democratic strategy firms Public Opinion Strategies and Peter D. Hart Research Associates. They compared the views of nationwide voters and senior-level biotechnology industry executives on a number of issues, including health care, the environment, alternative fuels and stem cell research.

Both groups of respondents said they were optimistic that cures to major diseases will be found within the next 10-15 years. According to the survey results, industry leaders and voters share high levels of optimism about the potential for finding cures for serious diseases and, have similar perspectives on the likelihood and importance of finding cures, developing clean technologies to reduce pollution, and creating "green drug factories."

A national telephone survey of 800 registered voters was conducted April 17 to 19, 2007, and a national Internet survey of 252 biotechnology industry leaders was conducted April 11 to 24, 2007.

To see the results of the survey, go to http://www.bio2007.org/Media/pr2.asp?id=2007_0506_01.

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