Poll: Americans Agree With Supreme Court’s Decision Protecting Hobby Lobby From Abortion Mandate

National   Steven Ertelt   Jul 2, 2014   |   11:03AM    Washington, DC

A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows Americans agree with the Supreme Court’s decision this week that the Christian-run Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare that requires businesses to pay for abortion causing drugs in their employee health care plans.

“Half of voters agree with the U.S. Supreme Court that a business owner should be able to opt out of Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate if it violates his or her religious beliefs,” the poling firm reports about its new national survey.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters think businesses should be required by law to provide health insurance that covers all government-approved contraceptives for women without co-payments or other charges to the patient. Slightly more (47%) say companies should not be required to meet this contraceptive mandate included in the new national health care law.

hobbylobby3Forty-nine percent (49%) believe a business should be allowed to opt out of providing coverage for contraceptives if providing such health insurance coverage violates the religious beliefs of the business’ owner. Thirty-nine percent (39%) disagree, while 12% more are undecided.

In the new poll, just 38% of voters say it is at least somewhat important to their decision where to work whether a company pays for all contraceptive coverage. Fifty-eight percent (58%) say it’s not important. This includes 18% who rate a potential employer’s level of contraceptive coverage as Very Important and 31% who say it’s Not At All Important.

That points to a basic disagreement Americans have with groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL, which claim Hobby Lobby is engaging a “war on women” by not funding the abortion-causing drugs.

“There’s virtually no disagreement between men and women on the importance of contraceptive coverage to their employment decisions,” Rasmussen says.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 30 – July1, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Those findings are consistent with previous Rasmussen polls showing more voters than not side with Hobby Lobby in its desire not to be forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs for its employees.

A December 2013 Rasmussen Reports poll shows Americans disagree with forcing companies like Hobby Lobby to obey the mandate.

“Half of voters now oppose a government requirement that employers provide health insurance with free contraceptives for their female employees,” Rasmussen reports.

The poll found: “The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters still believe businesses should be required by law to provide health insurance that covers all government-approved contraceptives for women without co-payments or other charges to the patient.

Fifty-one percent (51%) disagree and say employers should not be required to provide health insurance with this type of coverage. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.”