In 1993, Research!America, an Alexandria, Va.-based research-advocacy organization, commissioned Louis Harris and Associates to take a survey of United States adults, assessing their views on various health-care issues.

According to the polling organization, the 1,254 respondents' age, sex, race, education, and region were weighted "to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population." The margin of error for the survey is approximately 3 percent.

Following are highlights of the survey:

  • 91 percent of respondents said they believed the U.S. should spend more on medical research.

  • Given a choice, 61 percent said the country should spend a lot more on medical research, compared with 35 percent favoring a lot more spending on energy research, 10 percent advocating a lot more spending on space research, and 9 percent recommending a lot more spending on defense research.

  • 74 percent of respondents said they were willing to spend $1 more per...
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