Americans strongly favor embryonic stem-cell research, according to a new public-opinion poll. Catholics favor the research by a margin barely lower than that for the general population.
The Harris Interactive poll found that 72% of respondents thought researchers should be allowed to use embryonic stem cells for research leading to cures from serious diseases. Among Catholics the rate of approval was 69%. The poll question was based on the assumption that embryonic stem-cell research would likely yield cures, and that the stem cells would be harvested from “leftover” embryos created in the process of in vitro fertilization.