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Poll: N.C. residents split on vouchers, stem cell research

Posted October 6, 2008

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— North Carolinians are as divided as state and national politicians on the issues of school vouchers and embryonic stem cell research, according to a poll released Monday.

The Elon University poll surveyed a sample of 477 people statewide last week and found that 49.1 percent opposed giving state-funded vouchers to parents to pay for their children to go to private schools, while 41.5 percent supported the use of vouchers. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points.

About 41 percent of those surveyed said vouchers would strengthen public schools by encouraging competition, while 45.6 percent said vouchers would drain money from school districts and weaken public schools, according to the poll.

Stem cell research using cells from human embryos was supported by 53.4 percent of respondents, while 30.8 percent opposed the practice. Likewise, support for public funding for stem cell research out-polled opposition by a margin of 51.1 to 30.7 percent.

Those findings might be tempered by the fact that more than a third of those surveyed said they weren't really clear on the facts regarding stem cell research and the difference between embryonic stem cells and those adults or from sources like umbilical cords.

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  • james27613 Oct 6, 2008

    Back from where I come from, we had school dist. for each town in the county, that is just the way it was and still is.

    Very expensive, I like the County School system.
    It cuts out all the layers of spending and the people that waste time and money.

    If somebody wants to send their kid to private school,
    then let them pay for it.

  • MSN93 Oct 6, 2008

    A person would have to be an idiot not to support stem cell research. The potential for knowledge that could help people with Parkinson's, Alzheimers, etc. is limitless. The embryos are going to be there anyway. Use them for a good purpose. The information obtained could save YOUR life or that of a loved one.

  • colliedave Oct 6, 2008

    Those findings might be tempered by the fact that ** more than a third of those surveyed said they weren't really clear on the facts regarding stem cell research and the difference between embryonic stem cells and those adults or from sources like umbilical cords.**

    and these people vote?

  • davidgnews Oct 6, 2008

    Vouchers yes. The public school monopoly is failing and needs to be reformed. Bust the teachers union that perpetuates folly.

    So let's just fully undermine the system and make it fail altogether. There are a lot of things that need to be corrected. You need to find a way to get the 'headless nails' out of the school board, but once you drive them in, it's hard to drive them out.

    My wife is a teacher and she carries no union card, so most of your statement is just ignorant.

  • illegals--GO HOME Oct 6, 2008

    I support stem cell research instead of funding endless grants for research for big corporations in the pharmacy industry that never pass along any savings to customers...just charge greatly inflated prices for their meds.

    Think about some of the things that could be gained, especially by those waiting for organ donations and such. I have had two relatives die, maybe if they had been "celebrities" with lots of money then they too could have received an organ.

    Just as a note, please when you renew your driver's license this year or whenever, please sign up to be an organ giver upon your death.....many people may benefit.

    Stem cell research could possibly lead to future prevention of some of the many birth defects kids are born with and other diseases as well....I am all for it.

  • Bruce Wayne Oct 6, 2008

    Vouchers yes. The public school monopoly is failing and needs to be reformed. Bust the teachers union that perpetuates folly.

  • jsanders Oct 6, 2008

    Too bad Elon U. didn't ask if people supported school systems that pleased the parents of schoolchildren:
    http://www.johnlocke.org/press_releases/display_story.html?id=399

  • Iworkforaliving Oct 6, 2008

    "Caps Lock" key pleas USE IT!!!!!!!

  • terrible terrier Oct 6, 2008

    I'm always amazed that people oppose embryonic stem cell research. The embryo's used will eventually die in any event...isn't it better to have served a useful purpose than to die without meaning?

  • k8ered Oct 6, 2008

    yes to vouchers, no to research (embryonic)

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