By way of a post about the popularity of healthcare, I came across some polling results from a survey that asked people whether funding for various things should increase, decrease, or stay the same. The results:
I suppose the good news is science funding is middle of the pack. And I suppose the bad news is science funding is middle of the pack. Of course, this has to be taken with a boulder of salt, since it’s not clear that respondents have any idea how much is really spent–that is, respondents could be basing their answers on complete false notions of spending levels (people always think we spend 10-100 times more on foreign aid than we actually do).
So, are these data discouraging or encouraging? (And if that’s not a Rorschach Blot, I don’t know what is…).