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AMERICANS VIEW HEALTH CARE AS PRIME BENEFICIARY OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY, IN IEEE PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY

 NEW YORK, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- American consider health care as the area where advanced electronics and computer technologies will make the largest impact on their lives in the next 10 years, according to a new public opinion survey.
 Forty-two percent of the 1,012 adults interviewed Sept. 8-12 selected health care over other important fields, including education, pollution control, transportation, personal/business communications and leisure time, according to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), the worldwide professional technical society that commissioned the survey. The results were announced today at the Institute's tenth annual media briefing.
 The percentage of women who singled out health care was substantially greater than that of men -- 49 percent compared to 35 percent. There was also a considerable difference in responses by people in different regions: people in the South and Northeast chose health care in greater numbers -- 46 percent -- than those in the Midwest (38 percent) or the West (35 percent).
 The IEEE survey also showed that income and age play significant roles in people's opinion regarding the impact of advanced technologies on health care. While more than 50 percent of persons with annual incomes under $15,000 selected health care as the field most likely to be affected, only 34 percent of those with incomes over $40,000 did so.
 Age was also an important factor: although only 27 percent of people age 18-24 years picked health care, 61 percent of those ages 50-64 did, as did 67 percent of those age 65 and over.
 Several other significant findings emerged from the IEEE survey:
 -- A sizable majority of Americans -- 68 percent -- see U.S. leadership in technology as either stagnating or slipping, relative to other countries. Nearly half -- 46 percent -- believe Japan will be the world's technological leader in 10 years.
 -- An overwhelming majority of Americans -- 75 percent -- believe today's schoolchildren get a better education than their parents' generation by their use of computers.
 -- More than one-half -- 57 percent -- of Americans know how to operated a personal computer. Only 48 percent say they know how to use a fax.
 -- In good news for U.S. Postal Service letter carriers, less than one-half of those surveyed said they would be interested in receiving mail on a computer screen at home.
 The IEEE survey was conducted Sept. 8-12 among 1,012 adults nationwide by Bruskin/Goldring Research, Edison, N.J.
 The IEEE is the world's largest engineering society, serving 320,000 electrical, electronics and computer engineers in 150 countries.
 For complete survey findings, call contact below.
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 /CONTACT: Jeff Yacker of IEEE, 212-705-8289/


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