Table 7-9
Preferred groups for influencing decisions about public issues: 2006
(Percent)
 
  Preferred degree of influence Don't know
Public issue/group A great deal A fair amount A little None at all
 
Global warming          
Environmental scientists 47 38 7 3 4
Elected officials 17 33 33 13 4
Business leaders 10 22 38 25 5
Stem cell research          
Medical researchers 39 41 11 4 5
Elected officials 11 35 32 15 6
Religious leaders 8 21 36 29 6
Federal income taxes          
Economists 21 51 18 4 6
Elected officials 21 40 24 11 4
Business leaders 9 37 36 13 4
Genetically modified foods          
Medical researchers 41 40 10 3 5
Elected officials 7 30 37 21 5
Business leaders 3 16 41 35 5
 

NOTES: Responses to: How much influence should each of the following groups have in deciding: global warming policy; government funding for stem cell research; reducing federal income taxes; restricting sale of genetically modified foods? Detail may not add to total because of rounding.

SOURCE: University of Chicago, National Opinion Research Center, General Social Survey (2006). See appendix table 7-21 in National Science Board, Science and Engineering Indicators 2008 (NSB 08-01A) (2008).

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