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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Survey: 34 percent would rather win a Nobel Prize

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  • A recent independent public opinion survey of 1,000 Americans showed 343 percent would rather win a Nobel than a Pulitzer, Oscar, Emmy or Grammy.
     
    Just 20 percent believe politics does not play a part in the awarding of Nobel Prizes, but 51 percent disagree and think politics is a behind-the-scenes factor and 29 percent are not sure.
     
    In 2009, the year President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, belief that politics play a role in the awarding of the prizes climbed into the high 50s and had remained there until this year, but in 2008, only 40 percent felt that way.
     
    When asked which they would rather win in their dream world, 34 percent say a Nobel Prize, while 18 percent would rather win a Pulitzer Prize, 14 percent would opt for an Academy Award “Oscar,” 6 percent would like to win a Grammy, 2 percent want an Emmy and 16 percent say they would rather get some other award.
     
    Americans are closely divided, however, when asked if the Nobel Prize is the most prestigious award a person can win: 42 percent say yes, but 38 percent say no and 20% percent are undecided.
     
    This is a more positive assessment than has been found in recent years, although 48 percent described it as the most prestigious award the year the president won it.
     
    In the individual award categories, 28 percent each think the medicine and peace Nobels are the most prestigious, 11 percent say physics award, 6 percent rate both the chemistry and economics awards as the most respected, 3 percent feel that way about the Nobel Prize for literature and 18 percent are not sure.
     
    Just 19 percent say they are more likely to read a book written by an author who was won the Nobel Prize for literature, while 69 percent say they are not more likely to read a book by a Nobel winner and 12 percent are undecided -- by comparison, 37 percent are more likely to see a film after it wins an Oscar.
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