State of Nebraska

Nebraska Voters Strongly Favor Reproductive Rights!

Nebraska voters strongly favor sex education, funding for contraception and leaving abortion decisions up to women, according to a new poll measuring voters’s attitudes.

The poll revealed that Nebraskans are willing to vote their convictions. By large margins, state voters say they are more likely to vote for candidates who support sex education, contraception and abortion access.  Nebraskans of all political parties - Democrats, Independents, and Republicans - are  more likely to vote for pro-reproductive rights candidates.

Like their national counterparts, Nebraska voters overwhelmingly support sex education in public schools. By a three-to-one margin, voters believe that schools should explain contraceptive options to prevent pregnancy and disease (51%) or should teach a combination of contraception and abstinence (18%).  Less than a quarter of the respondents believe that schools should provide only abstinence information, as is currently recommended by the Nebraska Board of Education.

Nebraska voters are very skeptical that teaching abstinence-only has been effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies (16% effective/54% ineffective/ 30% don’t know).

Voters in Nebraska overwhelmingly support the creation of a state program to provide low-income and uninsured adult women with contraceptives, including 35% who strongly favor such a program. The same percentage (62%) of Nebraska voters accurately understand that family planning agencies provide contraception and promote women’s health and wellness. 

When it comes to reducing abortion, 58% think that prevention in the form of education and contraception is most effective. Only a 34% think that “abstinence only” education and abortion restrictions effectively reduce abortion.

Finally, nearly two-thirds (63%) of Nebraskans have a favorable opinion about Planned Parenthood, including 32% who have a very favorable opinion of the organization and the services provided.  This support holds up regardless of party registration.

About this survey
Anzlone Liszt Research conducted N=600 telephone interviews with registered voters in Nebraska. Interviews were conducted between August 10-17, 2008. Respondents were selected at random, with interviews apportioned geographically based on past voter turnout. Expected margin of sampling error for these results is ±4.0% with a 95% confidence level.


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