There is massive, overwhelming support for government regulation and spending on policy aimed towards women’s reproductive health. There are conflicting feelings towards gay rights.
Strong support for women’s health. Republicans only have lukewarm support for abstinence-only education, while Democrats are strongly opposed. “How do you feel about abstinence-only sex education in schools?” 39 percent support and 50 percent oppose, with 35 percent Democratic support and 45 percent Republican support. A slim majority of Republicans oppose funding for Planned Parenthood, but an overwhelming majority of Democrats support spending. “How do you feel about Planned Parenthood receiving federal funding?” 62 percent support with 32 percent opposing. That includes 80 percent Democratic support and 42 percent Republican support.
Even more support for babies. “How do you feel about the federal government requiring employers to offer maternity leave?” 83 percent support, 86 from Democrats and 82 from Republicans. “How do you feel the federal government expanding subsidies for daycare?” 72 percent support, 76 percent from Democrats and 66 percent from Republicans. And, “How do you feel about the federal government requiring employers to offer leave to care for sick family members?” 85 percent support, 90 percent from Democrats and 78 percent from Republicans.
Split support for gay rights. “How do you feel about same-sex couples being allowed to marry?” This is now 55 percent, but that is 68 percent from Democrats and 35 percent from Republicans. “Should private companies have the right to deny services for a same-sex wedding?” 43 percent support and 49 percent oppose this. This is completely split by party with 28 percent support and 64 percent oppose from Democrats and 64 percent support and 29 percent oppose from Republicans. We posed the same question for interracial couples, “Should private companies have the right to deny services for an interracial wedding?” And only 23 percent support, 11 percent of Democrats and 37 percent of Republicans.
Police use of deadly force is complicated. “In potentially dangerous situations, police should resort to deadly force…” Most think the police are doing a good job, 37 percent said “as often as they do now”. But, 28 percent said they should use deadly force “more” (including 44 percent of Republicans) and 35 percent “less” (including 49 percent of Democrats).
Impact of Republican controlled Supreme Court is unknown. 49 percent of Americans think that abortion will still be legal in all 50 states by the end of Trump’s first term and 57 percent think same sex marriage will still be legal in all 50 states.
The PredictWise and Pollfish survey received responses from 1,200 people on April 11 through online and in-app polling methods. We do not report margin of error because we do not believe it can be accurately estimated.
Tobias Konitzer is a PhD candidate in communication at Stanford University. Find him on Twitter @KonitzerTobias.
Sam Corbett-Davies is a PhD candidate at Stanford University in computer science. Find him on Twitter @SCorbettDavies.
David Rothschild is an economist at Microsoft Research. Find him on Twitter @DavMicRot.