While the five hopefuls have opinions on such matters as education and science funding, their views lack depth
WASHINGTON--The five major Democratic contenders for president of the United States generally agree that the country needs to strengthen its technology base, that spending on civilian research should be increased, and that universities remain the key to the nation's scientific preeminence.

At the same time, they differ over whether it makes sense to build the superconducting supercollider and space station Freedom. In addition, they would reexamine--and possibly reapportion to more pressing domestic needs--the billions of dollars now being spent at the Energy Department's national laboratories.

That assessment is based largely on their replies to a questionnaire drawn up by The Scientist on science and technology policy issues and, to a lesser extent, their public statements or voting records in Congress.

The seven-question survey sought the candidates' views on topics such as indirect...

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