Pres­i­dent Ein­stein

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

White House hope­fuls had bet­ter bone up on their whiz-kid facts. A new Har­ris poll shows that 85 per­cent of Amer­i­cans say the pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates should stage a de­bate on how science can solve Amer­ica’s prob­lems, with al­most no dif­fer­ences in opin­ion among Repub­li­cans and Democrats.

Over­all, more than three-fourths of the re­spon­dents rated health care the most se­ri­ous con­cern, fol­lowed by al­ter­na­tive-en­ergy sources (69 per­cent), ed­u­ca­tion (67 per­cent) and na­tional se­cu­rity (61 per­cent) — with cli­mate change in last place at 53 per­cent.

That brought out the par­ti­san split, though, with 66 per­cent of Democrats rank­ing global-warm­ing is­sues among the most se­ri­ous prob­lems, com­pared with 33 per­cent of Repub­li­cans.

“This topic has been vir­tu­ally ig­nored by the can­di­dates. We’ve heard a lot about lapel pins and preach­ers. But tack­ling the big science chal­lenges is crit­i­cal,” said Shawn Lawrence Otto, chair­man of Science De­bate 2008, an ini­tia­tive among sci­en­tists who want the pres­i­den­tial de­bate to in­clude some science and tech­nol­ogy.

The sur­vey of 1,003 adults was taken May 2-5, with a mar­gin of er­ror of three per­cent­age points.

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