Public Opinion Says Fraud In Science Is High
According to this 1989 research study, the majority of Americans believed that the amount of scientific fraud by medical researchers concerning the necessity of laboratory animals for medical progress is high and that funding for research is sufficient.
According to this survey, 41% of adults believed that there is a “fair amount of fraud” concerning medical research, while another 17% believed that “a lot of fraud” exists. On the other hand, 30% believed there is little or no fraud happening in scientific research.
Nearly two-thirds (64%) supported the use of animals in research, including 36% who “strongly supported” such research. 29% are opposed to the use of animals in research, including 23% are “strongly opposed.”
About three-fourths (77%) felt that animal research is necessary for progress in medicine, and 71% favored allowing researchers to use animals that would otherwise be euthanized at pounds.
Half of respondents (50%) considered the then-current levels of federal funding of research to be adequate and thought that they should be maintained, while 37% felt it should be increased. 4% felt that it should be decreased.