It’s official, 72 percent of Americans surveyed believe stem cell research has merit and should continue.
Harris Interactive and HealthDay conducted a survey poll about stem cells being used for biomedical research. A large majority across different demographic groups agreed that scientists should be able to use stem cells for research.
Around three quarters of people surveyed approved of using embryonic stem cells that were left over from in-vitro fertilization procedures.
Such stem cells can help find cures, treatments, or totally prevent diseases like Alzheimerâ€™s, Parkinsonâ€™s, Diabetes, and other conditions. Â These results are consistent to a survey that was conducted in 2005.
The latest poll was given at the end of September this year, 2010, and interviewed 2,113 adults aged 18 and over. The poll was taken at a critical time for stem cell research, since the US District Court just delivered a ruling stating that federal funding of embryonic stem cell research violated a 1996 law that prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars for this kind of work.
President Obama’s administration is appealing the decision, and, because of the appeal, there is a temporary suspension of the ban in place until arguments can heard over the next few weeks in court.
Part of the poll results showed that 58 percent of Â Republicans think it is acceptable to use stem cell research. Some 58 percent of Born-Again Christians approved stem cell research and, perhaps surprisingly, 69 percent of RomanÂ Catholics approved the research.
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