Center to release poll on public perception

Small Times

Sept. 18, 2006 — The Woodrow Wilson Center Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies will release the results of a nationwide poll about the American public’s perception of nanotechnology.

A representative national telephone survey of 1,014 adults was conducted in August 2006. Results from the poll — as well as two complementary focus groups of adult women — will be released by the Center on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Geoffrey Garin, president of Peter D. Hart Research Associates, which conducted the phone survey and the focus groups, will present the findings.

Questions addressed included: How many Americans are aware of nanotechnology? Who do they believe should monitor the safety and effectiveness of prescription drugs, over-the-counter cosmetics and skin care products — categories that are being greatly impacted by nanotechnology? Does the American public feel that the benefits of nanotechnology will outweigh the potential risks?


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