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A nationwide survey of nearly 700 people suggests that Americans would prefer more money be invested in technology to solve the nation's energy ailments than to cure cancer or other diseases.
Some 37 percent of respondents to the poll, conducted by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority in Virginia, said they would rank spending to raise energy efficiency and develop alternative fuel technology a top priority for future investment. That compares with 30 percent who ranked more cash for medical breakthroughs as most important.
Britons, however, ranked healthcare breakthroughs as the top priority (38 percent) over fuel efficiency and alternative fuels (33 percent), according to a parallel study by FCEDA in Great Britain.
Thirty-eight percent of British residents polled in a new survey believe medical issues should be given the highest priority over the next decade if Great Britain wants to achieve meaningful technological advancement.
A close second - 33 percent -- felt fuel efficiency and alternative fuels warranted most attention for investment. Third was the environment with 14 percent. Investment in transportation, security and defence, space exploration, and telecommunications and media all had support of fewer than 10 percent of respondents.