Friday, August 06, 2004

YouGov US poll

Some interesting things from the Economist/YouGov US opinion poll (warwning - pdf):

* Kerry leads Bush 48% to 42%
* There's little difference if you only include the 85% or so who are registered (which seems sensible), Kerry leads Bush 48% to 43%
* Surprisingly if you include those definite to vote (about 65% of the population) there's only a small difference, Kerry leads Bush 50% to 42%.
* There is a huge sex difference. Amongst males, Bush leads 47% to 44%. Among females, Kerry leads (and this is staggering) 52% to 36%. By age the older you get the less you like Kerry.
* By 60% to 36%, and with a majority in all ages and for both males and females, Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is going. This is not an optimistic country!
* 48% to 43% oppose civil unions for homosexuals, 58% to 35% marriage.
* There is huge support (61% to 29%) for greater Federal government control of healthcare.
* Abortion is supported by 37% of the population (to 53%) even when it is merely because the woman does not want a child out of wedlock, and doesn't want to get married. Majorities support it for most other 'better' reasons.
* Finally there is an interesting experiment in questioning. They ask half the sample:

There is a type of medical research that involves using special cells, called stem cells, that are obtained from human embryos. Some people favor stem cell research, saying the embryos otherwise would be discarded and that this research could lead to
breakthroughs for treating serious diseases. Other people oppose this type of research they say it uses cells from potentially viable human embryos and that this research can be done on animals or by using other types of cells instead. What about you? Do you favor stem cell research, oppose it, or neither favor nor oppose it?

and the other half

There is a type of medical research that involves using special cells, called stem cells, that are obtained from human embryos. Some people oppose this type of research they say it uses cells from potentially viable human embryos and that this
research can be done on animals or by using other types of cells instead. Other people favor stem cell research, saying the embryos otherwise would be discarded and that this research could lead to breakthroughs for treating serious diseases. What about you? Do you favor stem cell research, oppose it, or neither favor nor oppose it?

The results are basically the same. People favour it, but slightly more after the second question, and markedly more in the case of the over 65s!