August 8, 2001 - New Jersey Voters Back Stem Cell Research More Than 2 - 1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Support For Government Funding Of Research Also Strong
By a 67 - 25 percent margin, New Jersey voters support stem cell research, with 9 percent undecided, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Support by religious group is:
  • Protestant, 66 - 25 percent;
  • Catholic, 61 - 30 percent;
  • Jewish, 93 - 4 percent.
New Jersey voters who say they attend religious services every week support stem cell research 49 - 39 percent. Greater support is found among voters who attend religious services less often.

Support for government funding of stem cell research is equally strong, 68 - 25 percent.

On a related topic, 50 percent of New Jersey voters say abortion should be generally available to women who want it, while 35 percent say abortion should be available, but with stricter limits and 14 percent say abortion should not be permitted.

New Jersey voters split 49 - 46 percent on whether tax dollars should be used to pay for abortions for lower-income women.

"While President Bush is weighing the merits and ethics of stem cell research, support is strong among Protestant, Catholic and Jewish voters in New Jersey," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The size of the right to life core in New Jersey has been at about 14 percent through several Quinnipiac University polls," Carroll said.

"While New Jersey voters generally take a pro-abortion rights position, they are split almost evenly on whether a women's right to have an abortion implies the government's obligation to pay for it."

From July 29 - August 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,235 New Jersey registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu

13. How closely have you been following the debate about stem cell research -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not closely at all?

                                             ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES.....
                                                    Almst  1or2   Few
                 Tot    Prot   Cath   Jew    EvryWk EvryWk xMos   xYr   Never


Very closely 20% 21% 16% 36% 21% 22% 23% 16% 21%

Smwht closely 41 40 43 42 40 42 38 40 43

Not too closely 20 22 21 13 20 20 23 21 18

Not closely at all 18 16 19 8 17 16 16 23 17

DK/NA 1 1 1 - 2 1 1 1 1



VIEW ON ABORTION Q17.......... (A) (B) (C) Gen Avail Not Avail limits Permitted Men Wom

Very closely 22% 16% 21% 21% 19%

Smwht closely 41 41 39 42 40

Not too closely 18 25 18 18 22

Not closely at all 18 18 18 19 18

DK/NA 1 - 4 1 1



14. Sometimes fertility clinics produce more fertilized eggs than are needed for a couple trying to become pregnant. These extra embryos are discarded, or couples can donate them for use in medical research called stem cell research. Some people say stem-cell research is an important way to find treatments for many diseases. Other people say it is wrong to use human embryos for research purposes.

What about you - do you support or oppose stem cell research?

                                             ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES.....
                                                    Almst  1or2   Few
                 Tot    Prot   Cath   Jew    EvryWk EvryWk xMos   xYr   Never


Support 67% 66% 61% 93% 49% 60% 72% 74% 81%

Oppose 25 25 30 4 39 32 22 17 14

DK/NA 9 9 10 4 12 8 5 9 5



VIEW ON ABORTION Q17.......... (A) (B) (C) Gen Avail Not Avail limits Permitted Men Wom

Support 83% 61% 26% 69% 65%

Oppose 10 31 64 22 26

DK/NA 8 8 10 9 8



15. The federal government provides funding to support a variety of medical research. Do you think federal funding for medical research should or should not include funding for stem-cell research?

                                             ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES.....
                                                    Almst  1or2   Few
                 Tot    Prot   Cath   Jew    EvryWk EvryWk xMos   xYr   Never


Yes/Should fund 68% 68% 61% 96% 53% 59% 72% 75% 80%

No/Should not fund 25 26 30 1 38 33 22 19 15

DK/NA 7 6 9 2 9 8 7 6 5



VIEW ON ABORTION Q17.......... (A) (B) (C) Gen Avail Not Avail limits Permitted Men Wom

Yes/Should fund 84% 62% 27% 70% 66%

No/Should not fund 11 30 62 23 27

DK/NA 5 8 11 7 7





17. Which of these statements comes closest to your view? -

(A)Abortion should be generally available to those who want it. (B)Abortion should be available, but under stricter limits than it is now. (C)Abortion should not be permitted.

                                             ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES.....
                                                    Almst  1or2   Few
                 Tot    Prot   Cath   Jew    EvryWk EvryWk xMos   xYr   Never


(A)Generally available 50% 47% 41% 89% 31% 35% 57% 57% 67%

(B)Stricter limits 35 38 39 10 32 44 38 36 28

(C)Not prmtd 14 13 18 1 35 17 5 5 4

DK/NA 2 2 2 - 3 4 - 2 1



Men Wom

(A)Generally available 50% 49%

(B)Stricter limits 36 34

(C)Not prmtd 12 15

DK/NA 2 2



18. Do you believe the government should or should not use tax dollars to help pay for abortions for lower-income women?

                                             ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES.....
                                                    Almst  1or2   Few
                 Tot    Prot   Cath   Jew    EvryWk EvryWk xMos   xYr   Never


Yes/Should pay 49% 49% 39% 76% 31% 40% 56% 56% 64%

No/Shld not pay 46 48 54 17 64 54 40 41 29

DK/NA 5 4 6 7 5 6 5 3 7



VIEW ON ABORTION Q17.......... (A) (B) (C) Gen Avail Not Avail limits Permitted Men Wom

Yes/Should pay 71% 38% 4% 54% 46%

No/Shld not pay 25 56 95 43 48

DK/NA 4 6 1 3 6