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Poll: Iowans overwhelming support state-funded contraceptives

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Published: 10.23.09| Updated: 10.23.09

DES MOINES Ė A full 82 percent of likely voters support a state program that provides contraceptives to uninsured and low-income women, a poll conducted by Anzalone Liszt Research. The overwhelming support crosses political, geographic, and religious lines.

The family planning program has broad support across the political aisle: 89 percent of registered Democrats, 70 percent of registered Republicans and a full 90 percent of independents. The program also has strong support across geographic lines, with 80 percent of those in rural and small-town areas liking the program, and a full 86 percent of those in urban and suburban areas.

Religious affiliation isnít an obstacle to approving of the program, either, with 79 percent of those who identify themselves as Catholic supporting the measure. Protestants support the program by 82 percent, and those who have other affiliations support it by 87 percent.

Telephone interviews were conducted between Oct. 9 and 18 among likely voters in the 2010 election. Some 800 were interviewed. The margin of error in the poll is 3.5 percent.

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