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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Perry Survey

I conducted my own survey during the writing of RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America. Between January 22 and February 5, 2007, I polled 88 people with five questions and an opportunity to give a comment. Most of the responders live in the Bible Belt where conservative/fundamental attitudes are elevated. Here are the questions I asked and the tally of the results:

1. How much do you know about blastocyst (also called embryonic) stem cell research?
a. Very little (11.4 %)
b. Only what I’ve heard/read in the media (59.1%)
c. A lot; I’ve done some research (29.5%)

2. Some people believe blastocyst stem cell research kills an embryo. Do you:
a. Agree (21.6 %)
b. Disagree (78.4 %)

3. Do you believe there is hope that stem cell research may someday provide cures or treatments for disease or injury?
a. Yes (93.2 %)
b. No (6.8 %)

4. Should the U.S. government provide funding for research done on blastocyst stem cells?
a. Yes (76.1%) Notice here how the percentages dropped when people were asked to open their wallets! Ninety-three percent say it may provide cures or treatments for disease or injury, but only 76% are willing to help fund it.
b. No (23.9 %)

5. What is your religious affiliation or denomination?
Agnostic/Atheist: 8.7%
Buddhist: 3.5%
Christian/Catholic: 4%
Christian/Protestant: 64.3%
Jewish: 3.5%
None at all: 4%
Pagan/Earth-based: 12%

Over the next few days, I will post a few of the comments from the poll responders.

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