Stem Cells

Ronald M. Green writes in the Washington Post:

Few issues are likely to generate more emotional opposition than federal funding of stem cell research. Handled wrongly, it could energize conservative opponents and derail Barack Obama’s presidency. There is no question that we must move ahead, but caution is key.

Actually:

Time Poll conducted by Abt SRBI. June 18-25, 2008. N=805 likely voters nationwide. MoE Ī 3.

“There is a type of medical research that involves using special cells, called embryonic stem cells, that might be used in the future to treat or cure many diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and spinal cord injury. It involves using human embryos discarded from fertility clinics that no longer need them. Some people say that using human embryos for research is wrong. Do you favor or oppose using discarded embryos to conduct stem cell research to try to find cures for the diseases I mentioned?”

Favor: 73%, Oppose: 19%, Unsure: 8%

Not likely to derail much. Public opinion has come around on this, and did long ago. Solid majorities opposed Bush’s repeated vetoes of Congressional overrides of the Bush stem cell doctrine.

Meanwhile, former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson thinks Barack Obama should listen to his advice. Fortunately, no one seems to be that stupid any more.

Comments

  1. #1 MartinB
    November 13, 2008

    This poll is worthless considering the way it is phrased (framed?).
    If I were to phrase it

    “Some people belief that scientific interest in basic research justifies the use of human embryos to further our knowledge of biology. Do you think that human embyos should be used this way?”

    Polls are known to be extremely sensitive to the way they are stated.

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    November 18, 2008

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