Some findings on public opinion about embryonic stem cell research and federal funding for that research.
It is one of the thorniest issues facing the Bush presidency _ whether to allow federal funding for research that uses cells derived from embryos. The research is considered a valuable aid in finding treatments for some diseases, but is fiercely opposed by some in the anti-abortion movement and the Catholic church. The issue divides conservatives and has heavy support in the scientific community.
The recent surveys by Gallup and ABC News-Washington Post involved 1,000 or more adults apiece and were taken last month. The polls have error margins of about 3 percentage points.
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