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Polls - May 2011

May 2011: National poll shows majority support healthcare conscience rights, conscience law

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Highlights of the polling company, inc. Phone Survey of the American Public

On May 3, 2011, the Christian Medical Association and the Freedom2Care coalition released the results of a nationwide, scientific poll conducted April 29-May 1, 2011 by the polling companyTM, inc./ WomanTrend. Survey of 1000 American Adults, Field Dates: April 29-May 1, 2011, Margin of Error=±3.1.

1. 77% of American adults surveyed said it is either “very” or “somewhat” important to them that "that healthcare professionals in the U.S. are not forced to participate in procedures or practices to which they have moral objections." 16% said it is not important.

ALL

 

PRO-CHOICE (n=465)

PRO-

LIFE (n=461)

77%

Total important (net)

68%

85%

52%

Very important

42%

64%

25%

Somewhat important

26%

21%

 

 

 

 

16%

Total not important (net)

24%

8%

8%

Not too important

11%

5%

8%

Not at all important

13%

3%

 

 

 

 

8%

Do not know/depends

  8%

6%

1%

Refused

  *

 

2. 50% of American adults surveyed "strongly" or "somewhat" support "a law under which federal agencies and other government bodies that receive federal funds could not discriminate against hospitals and health care professionals who decline to participate in abortions." 35% opposed.

ALL

 

PRO-CHOICE (n=465)

PRO-

LIFE (n=461)

50%

Total support (net)

45%

58%

29%

Strongly support

20%

40%

21%

Somewhat support

25%

18%

 

 

 

 

35%

Total oppose (net)

43%

32%

14%

Somewhat oppose

20%

10%

21%

Strongly oppose

23%

22%

 

 

 

 

7%

It depends/need more info.

  7%

  5%

7%

Do not know

  6%

  5%

1%

Refused

  1%

  1%

Survey questions - text

 

 

In your opinion, how important is it to make sure that healthcare professionals in the U.S. are not forced to participate in procedures or practices to which they have moral objections? (Read and rotate top to bottom and bottom to top)

• Very important
• Somewhat important
• Not too important
• Not at all important
• Do not know/depends (do not read)
• Refused (do not read)

Congress may soon consider a law under which federal agencies and other government bodies that receive federal funds could not discriminate against hospitals and health care professionals who decline to participate in abortions. Do you (rotate) support or oppose this law? (Probe: And would that be strongly or somewhat support/ oppose?)

• Strongly support
• Somewhat support
• Somewhat oppose
• Strongly oppose
• It depends/need more information (do not read)
• Do not know (do not read)
• Refused (do not read)

And, on the topic of abortion, do you consider yourself (rotated) pro-life or pro-choice? (Probed if unsure/neutral/it depends: which position do you lean toward on abortion: (rotated) pro-life or pro-choice?)
• Pro-Life
• Lean Pro-Life
• Lean Pro-Choice
• Pro-Choice
• Hard Neutral/Unsure/It Depends (Do Not Read)
• Refused (Do Not Read)

 

 

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