Public Progressive on Life Issues

A series of new polls shows that President Bush and the right-wing stand on the opposite side of the American public on virtually every pillar of the “culture of life.” Progressives claimed a clean sweep on three key “values” issues:

On expanding federal funding of stem-cell research:

Fifty-eight percent approve of medical research using embryonic stem cells, 31 percent disapprove. Asked whether federally funded research should be expanded, 37 percent said it should, 17 percent said existing support was “sufficient.” [CBS]

On maintaining a Supreme Court that will uphold Roe v. Wade:

While American voters have mixed opinions about abortion, they support the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision 63 – 33 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Men support it 68 – 28 percent, while women support it 58 – 37 percent. 55 per cent of respondents say abortion should be legal in most or all cases, while 41 per cent disagree. [Quinnipac]

On working to end the genocide in Sudan:

84% of respondents said the U.S. should not tolerate an extremist government committing such attacks, and should use its military assets, short of inserting U.S. combat troops on the ground to protect civilians, to help bring them to a halt (83% Republicans, 85% Democrats). [Zogby]