70% of Americans believe the USA is not now the world leader in science achievement. 35% believe the USA will be the world science leader in the next 20 years. 79% agree that science is not receiving the attention it deserves in schools. 26% believe that they themselves have a good understanding of science. 44% couldn’t identify a single scientist, living or dead, whom they’d consider a role model for the nation’s young people, USA Today reports.