New Poll Shows Catholics Reject Bishops’ Position on Contraception Coverage

Hot off the presses is a Public Religion Research Institute poll, which finds that a plurality* of Americans (49%) think that religiously affiliated colleges and hospitals should have to provide co-pay-free contraception coverage to their employees, while 46% say they should not have to.

Note: a majority of Catholics also believe these institutions should have to provide this coverage (52%). But among Catholic voters, only 45% support it, while 52% oppose the coverage.

The poll didn’t ask whether voters would choose not to vote for President Obama’s reelection over his administration’s imposition of the rule.

Here’s some not-at-all-surprising news from the poll:

Nearly 6-in-10 (58%) Millennials say that religiously affiliated colleges and hospitals should have to provide health care plans that include contraception coverage, compared to only one-third (33%) of seniors.

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Women are also significantly more likely than men to say that religiously affiliated colleges and hospitals should provide this coverage (54% to 43% respectively).

*Correction: Post originally stated that this was a “majority” of Americans. RD regrets the error.

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