Almost Half Agree Stem Cells and Cloning for Organ Transplants will be Regular Practice by 2020



UTICA, NY - A Zogby International interactive survey finds adults agree that the expansion of high speed internet has had the greatest technological impact on society over the past decade, and it is the technology most believe they cannot live without.  The poll of 1,950 adults was conducted from Dec. 8 - Dec. 10, 2010. 

Facebook came in a close second (22%) to high speed internet (24%) as the technology having the most impact on society over the past decade.  Google was third on that list with 10%.  Women (27%) and adults under the age of 55 find Facebook the most impactful while men (27%) and those over 55 say high speed internet has had the greatest impact on society.  Adults aged 35-54 are split between Facebook (25%) and high speed internet (24%).  Young adults, aged 18-24, find Google (25%) as the second most impactful invention of the past decade, with Facebook (28%) being first.

Of the technologies most say they cannot live without, high speed internet comes in first at 28% and email is the second at 18%.  Facebook garnered only 3% among all adults.  However, 15% of young adults (aged 18-24) say they cannot live without Facebook. 

While computing brought in the big numbers for 2010 and the past decade, many Americans believe the greatest technological advancement for the next year will be in home entertainment (24%), general computing (16%) is still among the top ranks but comes in second.

In the next decade (by the year 2020), American's believe the following will be take place:

  • Regular use of stem cells and cloning techniques to create human organs for transplant (43%)
  • Computer chips implanted in people to monitor their health (40%)
  • Robots capable of performing manual labor jobs (40%)
  • Incorporation of virtual reality into home entertainment (36%)

Zogby International conducted an online survey of 1,950 adults from Dec 8 - Dec. 10, 2010. A sampling of Zogby International's online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the US, was invited to participate.   Slight weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, gender, education to more accurately reflect the population. The margin of error is +/- 2.3 percentage points. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.  The MOE calculation is for sampling error only.