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Awareness of and attitudes toward nanotechnology and federal regulatory agencies: A report of findings based on a national survey among adults


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TitleAwareness of and attitudes toward nanotechnology and federal regulatory agencies: A report of findings based on a national survey among adults
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2007
Corporate AuthorsPeter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc., and Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Pagination13 p.
Date Published09/2007
Place PublishedWashington D.C.
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

Results of a 2007 survey of 1,014 adults asking about their awareness of and attitudes towards nanotechnology, as well as their opinions about the entities involved in the oversight of new scientific and technological advances. The survey found that the public awareness of nanotechnology has not increased from 2006 to 2007, and individuals who were knowledgeable about nanotechnology believed that the potential benefits would outweigh the risks, while those who knew little about nanotechnology were often unsure and hesitant to express an opinion about the risks or benefits of nanotech development. After hearing a description about the potential benefits and risks, individuals surveyed who were unaware of nanotechnology were significantly more likely to say that the risks outweighed the benefits. The survey also found that a majority of adults trusted the government more then industry to oversee and manage the scientific research and development of nanotechnology. However, job approval rating and confidence in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency, is diminishing.

URLhttp://www.nanotechproject.org/file_download/217