Majority of voters, Catholics, support Obama’s birth control mandate: poll
By Paul Wilson
ProWEB Wire (Industry News)
As religious leaders and government officials continue to discuss the federal birth control benefits mandate that was recently adopted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), a new poll has found that most voters support the new federal directive.
Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of voters said they support the Obama administration’s requirement that health insurance plans cover the cost of birth control. Meanwhile, 59 percent said the health insurance plans of religiously affiliated employers should cover the cost of birth control.
In addition, the majority of Catholic voters (57 percent) disagreed with the church’s official stance and supported the requirement that religiously affiliated employers should offer health insurance that includes contraception.
Respondents also said they do not place social issues like gay marriage and abortion high on their agenda heading into the presidential election, instead prioritizing economic problems such as unemployment and the budget deficit, the poll found.