Citing a poll conducted by The Quinnipiac University, Seattle PI reports that the majority of Americans support the use of contraceptives and that they should be covered by health insurance. The poll revealed that:
- 54 percent of voters approve of the president's compromise which would allow religiously affiliated employers such as hospitals and schools not to offer contraception, but require that it be covered by health insurers. 38 percent disapprove.
- Women favor the Obama administration’s insurance requirement for birth control by a 56-34 percent margin.
- Men favor the Obama administration's insurance requirement for birth control by a 52-42 percent margin.
- Democrats back the administration by a 75-18 percent margin, Independents by 56-36 percent; Republicans disapprove by a 32-63 percent spread.
- Overall, 71 percent agree that health insurance should cover contraception for women, but voters were split evenly on whether the federal government ought to require that employees get coverage for free.
- 82 percent of those surveyed believe it is not wrong to use contraception.
- 55 percent said abortion should stay legal in “all or most” cases.
Seattle PI reports that "The Quinnipiac survey was done Feb. 14 to 20, involved 2,605 registered voters, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 percent."