Other fields, particle accelerators, neutrino research etc... that people hardly understand, may not gather the same amount of enthusiasm.
While I agree that people hardly understand other fields, sometimes it's not a bad thing that they're not enthusiastic.
There was plenty of enthusiasm against the LHC. My memory isn't what it used to be, but I don't recall another scientific project of that scale that faced as much public, and even government, concern in my lifetime. Some of those people sounded like they were on the verge of getting out the pitchforks and torches.
Cassini having plutonium fuel was about as close as I can recall, but even that was a blip by comparison to the LHC.