Overwhelming Support for U.S. Global Leadership in Research

Six in 10 Americans (58%) say they support using embryonic stem cells in medical research, according to a new national poll by Research!America and PARADE magazine. Three in 10 (29%) are opposed.

The poll asked 1,000 adults their views on embryonic stem cell research and the importance of maintaining U.S. leadership in research. Results will be published in the July 10 issue of PARADE.

Other Key findings include:

  • Six in 10 Americans (63%) believe the U.S. should have a uniform national policy for medical research using embryonic stem cells.
  • Almost as many (57%) favor federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
  • Many Americans (62%) say they are following the issue of stem cell research at least somewhat closely, but 37% say they are not.
  • Of those who oppose embryonic stem cell research, 57% say their opposition is based on religious objections.
  • Nearly half (49%) of those who identify themselves as Republicans, 71% of Democrats, and 53% of Independents say they support embryonic stem cell research.

“Embryonic stem cell research has been portrayed as a highly partisan issue, but this opinion poll tells us that, to the American people, this is not about politics — it’s about hope for healthier, more productive lives,” said The Honorable John Edward Porter, Research!America board chair.

America has spoken. Is Bush listening?

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