Survey finds bipartisan support for increasing innovation investment
According to a new survey conducted for the Innovation Advocacy Council, an initiative of SSTI, by the bipartisan team of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and TargetPoint Consulting, overwhelming majorities of voters across the nation support a comprehensive initiative designed to increase investment in innovative technologies and industries.
After learning about the new Innovative Science & Technology for Economic Prosperity (iSTEP) initiative, 89% of voters say they would support the effort, which would convert scientific and medical research into new businesses and jobs. Support is higher among likely voters who live in presidential election battleground states (92%). The iSTEP initiative garners strong support across party lines, reaching 91% among Democrats and 86% among Republicans.
The iSTEP initiative features a series of policy proposals that include:
- Efforts to convert government-funded research into new companies and jobs;
- Developing federal government partnerships with cities, states, regions, and non-profit organizations to help fund locally-designed strategies that encourage the creation and growth of technology companies;
- Increased access to financing for innovative startups and existing companies that are creating new products and jobs;
- Making smarter investments in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education; and
- Increased investments in scientific research.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%) said they would be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who supports iSTEP. Two-thirds of voters in presidential battleground states (66%) and more than half of respondents who identify as swing voters (53%) agreed.