US President Barack Obama may be faltering in the general polls, but not so among his fellow Nobel laureates.

In an open letter, 68 winners of the Nobel Prize in the scientific fields are throwing their support firmly behind the president — who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 — saying he has "renewed our faith in science-based decision making and …championed investment in science and technology research that is the engine of our economy."

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CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

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