American's Reaction to Stem Cell Research

Weekend Polling Results Show Bush Wins Spin War As Approval for Position Jumps From 50% On August 9 to 62% By August 12

Washington, DC -- "After a weekend considering the issue of President Bush's decision on stem cell research, Americans have largely come to endorse the Bush compromise," says Thomas Riehle, President, U.S. Public Affairs at Ipsos-Reid. "Three-in-five Americans (62%) approve of Bush's decision when it is described to them, including a majority (51%) of Democrats."

"Disapproval is confined mostly to those who want NO restrictions on stem cell research. The religious opponents of stem cell research have largely been persuaded by the compromise, particularly strongly religious Protestants. Among Protestants for whom religion is very important, 26 percent oppose stem cell research on moral grounds, but only 13 percent oppose the Bush compromise. Strongly religious Catholics are slightly more likely to insist on a match between public policy and their personal moral views. Among Catholics for whom religion is very important, 20 percent oppose stem cell research on moral grounds and 14 percent want a complete ban."

"Over the weekend, Bush won the spin war. On Thursday night, Gallup found that 50 percent approved Bush's decision, 25 percent disapproved, and 25 percent were undecided. By Sunday night in the Ipsos-Reid poll, 62 percent approve, 32 percent disapprove, and 6 percent are not sure," Riehle reported.

These are the findings of an Ipsos-Reid poll conducted between Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12, 2001. The poll is based on a randomly selected sample of 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide. With a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate to within 177 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the entire adult U.S. population been polled. The margin of error will be larger within regions and for other sub-groupings of the survey population. These data were statistically weighted to ensure the sample's regional and age/sex composition reflects that of the actual U.S. population according to the most recent Census data.

For detailed results and further analysis, please download the pdf file.

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Thom Riehle President & COO U.S. Public Affairs Ipsos-Reid (202) 463-7300

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