Text of a Memorandum to the Kerry-Edwards Campaign Regarding Voter Support for Stem Cell Research

Tue Jul 27, 4:25 PM ET

To: National Desk, Political Reporter

Contact: Allison Dobson of the Kerry-Edwards Campaign, 617-654-0066, Web: http://www.johnkerry.com


WASHINGTON, July 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is the text of a memorandum from Mark Mellman, Tom Kiley, and Diane Feldman of the Mellman Group to The Kerry Campaign, regarding voter support for stem cell research:


Voters Across Party Support Stem Cell Research


The Vast Majority Of Voters Support Stem Cell Research, And Support Is Strong


In our survey over the last three nights, 69 percent of voters support stem cell research, with a majority (51 percent) of voters saying that they support the research strongly. Support cuts across party lines, as strong majorities of Democrats (77 percent), independents (67 percent) and Republicans(60 percent) favor the use of these techniques.


The question asked, "As you may know, stem-cell research is being used by scientists trying to find cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (news - web sites), Parkinson's disease (news - web sites), or diabetes. It involves using destroyed embryos discarded from fertility clinics that no longer need them. Do you favor or oppose using discarded embryos to conduct stem-cell research to try to find cures for diseases such as those I mentioned." Thus, the question asked in our survey mentions the use of "destroyed embryos", providing a balanced question, trading off the positives of stem cell research (i.e. finding cures to diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's) against the potential negatives (having to use "destroyed" embryos).


Ron Reagan, Who Will Be Advocating The Use Of Stem Cells, Is Popular Across Party Lines And Transcends Simple Partisan Labels


A plurality of voters have a favorable impression of Ron Reagan (35 percent favorable, 22 percent unfavorable). His popularity cuts across party lines, as Democrats (38 percent favorable, 20 percent unfavorable), independents (34 percent favorable, 15 percent unfavorable) and Republicans (32 percent favorable, 26 percent unfavorable) all give him net favorable ratings.


Only 13 percent of voters see Reagan as a Democrat, while 19 percent view him as an independent and 26 percent as a Republican. Voters across party lines are divided on how to identify Reagan politically. Republicans, Democrats and independents alike were more likely to view Reagan as a Republican than as an independent or as a Democrat. Among Democrats, 29 percent viewed Reagan as a Republican, while 20 percent viewed him as an independent and only 11 percent as a Democrat. Republicans were evenly divided, as 22 percent viewed Reagan as a Republican, while 18 percent viewed him as an independent and 17 percent as a Democrat. Independents were the least likely to view Reagan as a Democrat, with 21 percent identifying him as a Republican, 17 percent as an independent and only 9 percent as a Democrat. Reagan is clearly not viewed as a Democratic partisan, but as an independent figure who transcends simple party labels.

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