The economic survey, conducted by Zogby International, found that Americans are concerned about the impact of innovation on our debt (92 percent), educational system (73 percent), and policymakers grasp of the importance of innovation (only 17 percent think US policymakers have the best grasp compared to other countries). The survey was released as CEA announced a new national grassroots “Innovation Movement” to focus US policies on advancing innovation with the goal of ensuring continued US global economic leadership.
While Americans clearly see innovation as vital, they are unsure if the US is keeping pace with increased competition from new global economic powers, and they are foremost concerned that the rising national debt will impair the ability of the US to remain an economic leader:
“Innovation is in our DNA-it’s part of our culture. The American public is concerned that our country is losing the innovative and entrepreneurial recipe that drives U.S. economic growth and prosperity,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. “That is why we need a grassroots movement to make innovation the center of national policy debates. Whether it is health care, energy, taxes or even how our companies are organized, we must ensure that US policies promote innovation that generates American jobs.
As Congress debates legislation to end workers’ right to a secret ballot when deciding whether to unionize, Americans are also concerned about the role unions may play in hindering innovation. According to the survey, 57 percent of Americans believe the union movement has hindered innovation, and 60 percent said innovation was less likely to occur if a company was unionized.
The survey also provided insight into why innovation has been such an important part of the American culture:
The CEA Innovation Movement includes a checklist to evaluate proposed legislation, looking at whether the proposal does the following:
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