Commentary: More See Benefits Of Stem Cell Research

Contact: Cindy L. Jobbins, 215.575.4812, Andrew Kohut, 202.293.3126


Washington, D.C. - 05/23/2005 - Coming on the heels of last week’s announcement that South Korean scientists had cloned a human embryo, the U.S. House is nearing a vote on expanding federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. President Bush has threatened to veto the legislation if it passes. Surveys last year by the Pew Research Center found growing public interest in the issue, with majorities believing that the potential benefits of embryonic stem cell research outweigh the destruction of human embryos involved in such research. In a poll of 2,000 adults conducted December 1-15, 2004 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, nearly half of the public (47 percent) said it had heard a lot about the issue, up from 42 percent in August and 27 percent in March 2002. A clear majority of those polled (56 percent) said that it was more important to conduct stem cell research that might result in new medical cures than to avoid the loss the potential life of human embryos involved in this research (32 percent).

As in August of last year, people who say they have heard a lot about the issue are more supportive of stem cell research than those who are paying less attention. Among those who say they have heard a lot about the issue, 65 percent support stem cell research.

Read More See Benefits of Stem Cell Research- Opinions Divide Along Religious Lines on the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

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