POLL: Most Republicans Say Employers Should Provide Birth Control Coverage

A Quinnipiac Poll released today found that 71 percent of respondents, including 72 percent of independents and 50 percent of Republicans, said that health insurance plans should cover birth control as preventive care. Seventy-seven percent of Republicans said that it was not wrong for people to use contraception, compared to 16 percent who felt it was. Fifty-four percent of Americans also backed the Obama administration’s rule extending birth control to employees of religiously-affiliated institutions without additional co-pays, with 38 percent opposed. Fifty-six percent of women and independent voters approve of the rule, which now requires insurers to cover birth control if employers are opposed on religious grounds. — Zachary Bernstein