Cloning is Bad… for Senators

Date: 04/24/2002

A national survey by The Polling Company for Stop Human Cloning not only reinforced the fact that Americans overwhelmingly support a comprehensive ban on human cloning (63 percent ) but that voters would be less likely to vote for a candidate who supported cloning for research:

Question: And would you be more or less likely to vote for a candidate for office if you knew he or she supported making legal the cloning of human embryos for medical experimentation?

21% TOTAL MORE LIKELY
10% MUCH MORE LIKELY
11% SOMEWHAT MORE LIKELY

60% TOTAL LESS LIKELY
16% SOMEWHAT LESS LIKELY
44% MUCH LESS LIKELY

Indicating the level of salience this issue may have at the ballot box in November, Americans are three times “less likely” to vote for a candidate for office that supported legal cloning of human embryos for medical experimentation than to be “more likely” to support him or her. Those groups that had a lower likelihood of siding with the conservative position, or the President’s statement also were slightly more likely to indicate that the issue would make “no difference” in their vote.