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1 HART RESEARCH P e t e r D ASSOTESCIA New Jersey Voters On Stem Cell And SCNT Research Survey among 605 likely voters statewide Conducted March 8 – 10, 2005 for

2 New Jersey: Stem Cell & SNCT Research/Hart Research for CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTE Survey Methodology  Survey among 605 voters who say they are certain or very likely to vote in the 2005 general elections in New Jersey, conducted March 8 – 10, 2005  Respondents contacted using random-digit- dial (RDD) sampling method  Margin of error: ±4.0% among the full sample, higher among subgroups

3 New Jersey: Stem Cell & SNCT Research/Hart Research for CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTE Majority Support NJ Stem Cell Ballot Initiative “Shall the State of New Jersey issue bonds in the amount of $230 million for the purpose of funding adult and embryonic stem cell research. The grants would be judged by international experts on stem cell research as to their potential in developing into cures. An ethics review panel also would review the grants to ensure that all research conducted complies with federal and New Jersey guidelines. The grants would be given out over a seven-year period, and the State of New Jersey would receive 5% of all royalties on any medical break- throughs produced with research funded by the grants.” Vote on Ballot Initiative “Yes”–feel strongly “Yes”–don’t feel strongly “No”–don’t feel strongly “No”–feel strongly Undecided +61% -31%

4 New Jersey: Stem Cell & SNCT Research/Hart Research for CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTE Majority Support NJ Stem Cell Ballot Initiative Vote on Ballot Initiative Democrats Republicans Independents Catholics Protestants Jewish Vote “Yes” 73% 40% 65% 57% 58% 79% Vote “No” 20% 50% 28% 35% 35% 18% “Yes”–feel strongly “Yes”–don’t feel strongly “No”–don’t feel strongly “No”–feel strongly Undecided +61% -31%

5 New Jersey: Stem Cell & SNCT Research/Hart Research for CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTE Democrats Republicans Independents Favor 77% 50% 73% Oppose 15% 41% 19% 63% 28% 68% 24% New Jersey National/Feb 2005 Voters Strongly Support Embryonic Stem Cell Research

6 New Jersey: Stem Cell & SNCT Research/Hart Research for CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTE Democrats Republicans Independents Favor 85% 60% 82% Oppose 14% 38% 17% Support For Stem Cell Research Increases With Explanation 72% 25% “Embryonic stem cells are special cells that can develop into every type of cell in the human body. The stem cells are extracted from embryonic cells produced in fertility clinics and then frozen days after fertilization. If a couple decides that the fertilized eggs are no longer needed, they can either be donated for research or the clinic will throw them away. Scientists have had success in initial research with embryonic stem cells and believe that they can be developed into cures for diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's, heart disease, juvenile diabetes, and spinal cord injuries.” 77% 22% New JerseyNational/Feb 2005

7 New Jersey: Stem Cell & SNCT Research/Hart Research for CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTE Strong Majority Support For SCNT Stem Cell Research Strongly favor “In the SCNT process, scientists remove the DNA from an unfertilized human egg and replace it with genetic material, such as skin cells or heart tissue, from a human patient. No sperm is used in the process. Scientists then use this to grow stem cells that can be used for further research into cures or to treat a patient's disease.” Not sure Support for SCNT Stem Cell Research Somewhat favor Oppose Democrats Republicans Independents Favor 81% 67% 81% Oppose 15% 23% 12% Before hearing the description, only 16% of New Jersey voters say they had heard of SCNT stem cell research. +77%

8 New Jersey: Stem Cell & SNCT Research/Hart Research for CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTE Impact Of Information On Stem Cell Initiative Vote Bans research on embryos produced for profit Forbids funding for human cloning Permits funding for embryonic stem cell research Permits funding for SCNT stem cell research Funds all types of stem cell research

9 New Jersey: Stem Cell & SNCT Research/Hart Research for CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTE Informed Vote On Stem Cell Ballot Initiative Informed Vote on Ballot Initiative “Yes” voters Undecided Democrats Republicans Independents “Yes” voters 69% 40% 62% “No” voters 24% 49% 28% “No” voters

10 New Jersey: Stem Cell & SNCT Research/Hart Research for CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTE Voters Want To Decide On Future Of Stem Cell Initiative Regardless of how you would vote on the stem cell research initiative, is this an issue that should be decided by the NJ legislature or by the voters? Voters should decide/ feel strongly Not sure Legislature should decide Voters should decide/don’t feel strongly 83%

11 New Jersey: Stem Cell & SNCT Research/Hart Research for CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTE State Legislators Benefit From Supporting Stem Cell Initiative If my state legislator supported the stem cell research initiative: I would be MORE likely to vote for him/her Not sure It would make no difference to me I would be LESS likely to vote for him/her +20

12 New Jersey: Stem Cell & SNCT Research/Hart Research for CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTE Reaction To Arguments Against NJ Stem Cell Initiative Fiscally irresponsible: research when facing deficit Can’t afford tax bond issue, even w/promised cures SCNT research creates human life to destroy it NJ has more important health care priorities Enough private sector money to fund research Leads down slippery slope to cloning Destroys an unborn human Unlikely therapy will cure complex diseases/Alzheimers

13 New Jersey: Stem Cell & SNCT Research/Hart Research for CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTE Initiative’s Support Remains Strong INITIAL Vote On NJ Stem Cell Research Ballot Initiative ($230 million bond issue) “Yes” (strong) “Yes” (not strong) “No” (not strong) “No” (strong) Undecided +61% -31% FINAL Vote On NJ Stem Cell Research Ballot Initiative ($230 million bond issue) “Yes” “No” Undecided No change

14 HART RESEARCH P e t e r D ASSOTESCIA New Jersey Voters On Stem Cell And SCNT Research Survey among 605 likely voters statewide Conducted March 8 – 10, 2005 for


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