February 22, 2024

Stem cell support depends on pollster’s questions

Support for embryonic stem cell research in opinion polls depends on the wording of questions, says Public Agenda Alert. “Within the complex issue of stem cell research, most Americans admit to not following the debate closely. When initially asked, more than half say they don’t have enough information to develop an opinion,” it says. In June 2001, one survey found that only 30% opposed and 58% supported the use of “extra embryos” “to find treatment for many diseases”. However, another survey taken in the same month found that 70% of people opposed the “destruction” of “live embryos” for unspecified “experiments”.