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Trend: Is Medical Research Using Stem Cells Obtained From Human Embryos Morally Acceptable or Morally Wrong?

Trend: Is Medical Research Using Stem Cells Obtained From Human Embryos Morally Acceptable or Morally Wrong?

As you may know, the federal government currently provides very limited funding for medical research that uses stem cells obtained from human embryos. Which would you prefer the government to do -- [ROTATED: place no restrictions on government funding of stem cell research, ease the current restrictions to allow more stem cell research, keep the current restrictions in place, (or should the government) not fund stem cell research at all]?

No
restrictions

Ease
current
restrictions

Keep
current
restrictions

Not fund
at all

No
opinion

2009 Feb 20-22

14%

38

22

19

7

2007 Apr 13-15

22%

38

20

16

4

2005 May 20-22

11%

42

24

19

4

2004 Oct 9-10

14%

41

24

14

7

As you may know, President Bush has said he will veto a bill to expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Do you think Bush should -- or should not -- veto this bill?

Yes, should

No, should not

No opinion

2007 Apr 13-15

31%

64

5

(Asked of those who said they disapprove of Bush's decision to veto the bill) How upset are you that President Bush vetoed this bill -- very upset, somewhat upset, not too upset, or not at all upset?

COMBINED RESPONSES: BASED ON NATIONAL ADULTS

Approve

Disapprove,
upset vetoed

Disapprove,
not upset
vetoed

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

36%

44

14

6

Would you say President Bush vetoed this bill -- [ROTATED: mostly on the basis of personal moral beliefs (or) mostly in an attempt to gain political advantage]?

Personal
moral beliefs

Gain political
advantage

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

61%

32

7

Do you think the federal government should -- or should not -- fund research that would use newly created stem cells obtained from human embryos?

Yes, should

No, should not

No opinion

2005 Aug 5-7

56%

40

4

How closely have you followed the debate about government funding of stem cell research -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not closely at all?

Very
closely

Somewhat
closely

Not too
closely

Not
at all

No
opinion

2005 May 20-22

12%

46

27

15

*

2001 Aug 3-5

18%

37

22

23

*

2001 Jul 10-11

9%

29

28

32

2

* Less than 0.5%

As you may know, President Bush gave a speech on stem cell research, and he announced that he WOULD allow the government to fund research using stem cells that have been created in the past in a process that destroyed human embryos. The government will not fund stem cell research that would destroy additional embryos in the future.

Overall, do you approve or disapprove of Bush's decision on stem cell research?

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2001 Aug 10-12

60%

34

6

2001 Aug 9 ^

50%

25

25

^ Based on one-night poll of 581 national adults conducted directly after President Bush's speech on stem cell research. Polls conducted entirely in one day, such as this one, are subject to additional error or bias not found in polls conducted over several days.

Do you disapprove because the ban is -- [ROTATED: too strict (or) not strict enough]?

[ASKED OF THOSE WHO DISAPPROVE OF BUSH'S DECISION]

Too strict

Not strict enough

No opinion

2001 Aug 10-12

36%

56

8

2001 Aug 9 ^

28%

52

20

^ From one-night poll of 581 national adults conducted directly after President Bush's speech on stem cell research, N=152 for this question. Polls conducted entirely in one day, such as this one, are subject to additional error or bias not found in polls conducted over several days.

Overall, do you approve or disapprove of Bush's decision on stem cell research? Do you disapprove because the ban is -- [ROTATED: too strict (or) not strict enough]?

(COMBINED RESPONSES)

2001 Aug 10-12

2001 Aug 9 ^

%

%

Approve

60

50

Disapprove

34

25

Too strict

(12)

(7)

Not strict enough

(19)

(13)

Don't know

(3)

(5)

No opinion

6

25

^ Based on one night poll of 581 national adults conducted directly after President Bush's speech on stem cell research. Polls conducted entirely in one day, such as this one, are subject to additional error or bias not found in polls conducted over several days.

How important is the issue of stem cell research to you -- very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?

Very
important

Somewhat
important

Not too
important

Not at all
important

No
opinion

2001 Aug 10-12

36%

42

13

8

1

2001 Aug 3-5

25%

37

21

12

5

Do you think President Bush made his decision on stem cell research -- [ROTATED mostly because of political reasons (or) mostly because of his deeply held beliefs]?

Political
reasons

Deeply
held beliefs

Both/Neither
(vol.)

No
opinion

2001 Aug 10-12

52%

36

6

6

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Thinking about embryos that have been created in a laboratory by fertilizing a woman's egg outside the womb and have not been implanted in a woman's womb. Which comes closer to your view about this type of embryo -- [ROTATED: the embryo is a human life that should be given the same protection as all other human lives, (or) the embryo has the potential for life, but is not the same as a life, because it cannot develop on its own]?

Life to be treated
with same protection
as other human lives

Potential for life,
but cannot
develop on its own

No
opinion

2001 Aug 10-12

36%

60

4

Now I would like to ask about a specific type of research on stem cells developed from human embryos that have been created outside a woman's womb. This kind of stem cell research destroys the embryos but may help find treatments for major diseases. As you may know, fertility clinics increase a woman's chance to have a child by fertilizing several embryos, but only a few are implanted in her womb to enable her to have a baby. Some stem cells are developed from the remaining embryos that the fertility clinics usually discard.

Which comes closest to your view of this kind of stem cell research -- [ROTATED: it is morally wrong and is unnecessary, it is morally wrong, but may be necessary, it is not morally wrong and may be necessary, (or) it is not morally wrong but is unnecessary]?

Morally
wrong,
unnecessary

Morally
wrong,
may be
necessary

Not morally
wrong,
may be
necessary

Not morally
wrong
but is
unnecessary

No
opinion

2001 Aug 10-12

18%

31

42

5

4

2001 Jul 10-11

20%

34

35

4

7

As you may know, the federal government is considering whether to fund certain kinds of medical research known as "stem cell research."

Do you think the federal government should or should not fund this type of research?

Should

Should not

Depends (vol.)

No opinion

2001 Aug 3-5

55%

29

3

13

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Now I would like to ask about a few specific types of research on stem cells developed from human embryos that have been created outside a woman's womb. This kind of stem cell research destroys the embryos but may help find treatments for major diseases.

As you may know, fertility clinics increase a woman's chance to have a child by fertilizing several embryos, but only a few are implanted in her womb to enable her to have a baby. Some stem cells are developed from the remaining embryos that the fertility clinics usually discard. Do you think the federal government should or should not fund research on stem cells from this kind of embryo?

Yes, should

No, should not

Depends (vol.)

No opinion

2001 Aug 3-5

55%

40

2

3

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Some stem cells are developed from embryos that are created in laboratories specifically for the purpose of conducting this research and not to help women have a child. Do you think the federal government should or should not fund research on stem cells from this kind of embryo?

Yes, should

No, should not

Depends (vol.)

No opinion

2001 Aug 3-5

46%

49

1

4

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Some stem cells may be developed from embryos produced by cloning cells from a living human being rather than by fertilizing a woman's egg. Do you think the federal government should or should not fund research on stem cells from this kind of embryo?

Yes, should

No, should not

Depends (vol.)

No opinion

2001 Aug 3-5

28%

66

5

1

There is another kind of research using stem cells that come just from adults and do not come from embryos at all. The research results in no injury to the person from whom the stem cells are taken. Do you think the federal government should or should not fund research on this kind of stem cells?

Yes, should

No, should not

Depends (vol.)

No opinion

2001 Aug 3-5

68%

26

1

5

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Do you think the federal government should or should not fund this type of research, or don't you know enough to say?


Should


Should not

Don't know
enough to say

No
opinion

2001 Jul 10-11

30%

13

57

*

* Less than 0.5%

The kind of stem-cell research the government is considering involves human embryos that have been created in medical clinics by fertilizing a woman's egg outside the womb. An embryo may be implanted into a woman's womb to develop into a baby. If an embryo is not implanted into a woman's womb to develop into a baby, it may be destroyed, either by being discarded or by being used for medical research. Some scientists believe this type of medical research could lead to treatments for such diseases as Alzheimer's, diabetes, heart disease and spinal cord injuries. Given this information, do you think the federal government should or should not fund this type of research?

Should

Should not

No opinion

2001 Jul 10-11

54%

39

7

For each of the following, please tell me if it is -- very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important -- to you personally. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

Medical researchers finding cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's, diabetes, heart disease and spinal cord injury

Very
important

Somewhat
important

Not too
important

Not at all
important

No
opinion

2001 Jul 10-11

82%

16

1

1

*

* Less than 0.5%

Preventing human embryos from being used in medical research

Very
important

Somewhat
important

Not too
important

Not at all
important

No
opinion

2001 Jul 10-11

30%

29

20

16

5

One of the issues involved in this type of research is whether or not the embryos used were developed specifically for stem cell research. Do you think the federal government should or should not allow scientists to fertilize human eggs specifically for the purpose of creating new stem cells?

Yes, should allow

No, should not

No opinion

2001 Jul 10-11

38%

54

8

At least one other country currently allows scientists to create human embryos specifically for stem cell research. How concerned are you that other countries will gain a competitive advantage over the U.S. if the government does not allow U.S. scientists to do the same? Are you -- very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not at all
concerned

No
opinion

2001 Jul 10-11

12%

21

33

33

1

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