Funding Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

Two Polls Show Overwhelming Support

Mar 1, 2001

According to a recent poll by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF), twice as many Americans support federal funding of stem cell research than oppose it.

In the poll, which was conducted in January by the Opinion Research Corporation International, 65 percent of the 1,004 respondents said they support federal funding, while 26 percent opposed it. The remaining nine percent were undecided.

Prior to asking the question, respondents were educated on how the use of stem cells from human embryos may be beneficial in developing cures for diabetes, as well as a host of other diseases.

According to the poll, men are more likely than women to be in favor of the funding (68 percent to 63 percent). Results also showed that Americans with at least a high school diploma are more likely to favor it than those without one (68 to 61 percent).

According to a recent online news poll conducted on the DIABETES HEALTH Web site, 78 percent of respondents support using stem cells, saying it may "help advance cures for diabetes and other diseases." Fifteen percent said they oppose the use of embryonic stem cells, agreeing that it "cheapens human life and is wrong." Eight percent of those polled feel there needs to be more research proving stem cells from human embryos work before developing an opinion.

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