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Two Polls, Two Results on Hobby Lobby Decision

Two Polls, Two Results on Hobby Lobby Decision

By Michael Cipriano - July 2, 2014

Nearly half of likely voters agree with the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision that employers can refuse to provide health coverage for contraceptives if doing so violates their religious beliefs, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll.

The poll found that 49 percent of respondents believe business owners should be allowed to refrain from offering such coverage (39 percent were opposed). On a closely related question, 47 percent believe that companies should not be “required by law” to provide health insurance that covers all government-approved birth control for women without co-payments or other charges to the patient. Just over four in 10 believe the law should require employers to include all government-approved contraceptives for women without charges.

A recent Reuters Ispos survey, however, found its results to be strikingly different when a similar question was asked.

When queried whether employers should have the right to choose what forms of contraceptives their health plans provide based on their religious beliefs, 53 percent disagreed while only 37 percent agreed.

What’s more, the Reuters poll found a majority of respondents believe that for-profit businesses should not be allowed to apply for federal law exemptions based on the owner’s religious beliefs.

In a 5-4 decision pitting religious freedom vs. women’s rights, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that family-owned businesses can refuse to provide certain forms of contraceptives set forth by the Affordable Care Act if those products violate their religious beliefs.

The Rasmussen survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted June 30-July 1 with a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. The Reuters poll of 10,693 adults was conducted April 28-June 20 with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.1 percentage points.

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