In part of a recent FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll conducted six months into President George W. Bush's term, a majority of Americans identified stem cell research as an issue important to them (63 percent say "very" or "somewhat" important).

This poll, which was conducted before the President decided his position on stem cell research, also said that 38 percent of Americans think Bush should follow Pope John Paul II's advice and oppose stem cell research, while 42 percent think Bush should support the research.

Polling was conducted by telephone July 25-26, 2001 in the evenings. The sample is 900 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of ± 3 percentage points. LV = likely voters. "Red States" are states that voted for George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election, and "Blue States" gave their electoral votes to Democrat Al Gore.

Poll Questions

At a meeting earlier this week, Pope John Paul II strongly urged President Bush to oppose stem cell research — that is, medical research using tissue from human embryos. Do you think Bush should follow the Pope's advice and oppose stem cell research?

All Catholic Protestant Red Blue
Yes, oppose stem cell research 38% 47% 32% 39% 37%
No, support stem cell research 42 39 46 40 43
(Don't know) 20 14 22 21 20

How important is the issue of stem cell research to you personally?

  All Catholic Protestant Red Blue
Very important 32% 35% 28% 33% 31%
Somewhat important 31 33 35 33 31
Not very important 15 13 15 13 17
Not at all important 13 12 14 12 13
(Don't know) 9 7 8 9 8