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WASHINGTON — The American public has enormous confidence in the progress being made against cancer — perhaps more than warranted by actual treatment gains — and their faith is translating into overwhelming support for the Obama administration’s proposal to increase cancer research spending, a new STAT-Harvard poll finds.

More than 8 out of 10 Americans support at least a 20 percent increase for federal cancer research funding, the amount the president has requested for the National Cancer Moonshot, which is being led by Vice President Joe Biden. According to the poll, 46 percent said the funding increase is “about right,” while 37 percent said it’s not enough.


Backing for Obama’s “moonshot” was bipartisan, with 90 percent of Democrats and 79 percent of Republicans supporting at least a 20 percent boost in cancer research spending.

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