Public Opinion Polls

Do you support ethical animal research?

2016 results

Measuring public attitudes on monkey research, animal research for cancer cures and animal research for animal health

A majority of adults polled in 2016 supported research with monkeys to study vaccine development to prevent the spread of the Zika virus and also to help treat illnesses such as Alzheimer’s. However, there is a large gap between men and women on support for biomedical research with monkeys. Men are more supportive of research with monkeys, according to the poll.

 2016 Poll QuestionsAug. 31 - Sept. 1
Q1Would you support or oppose the use of monkeys in research to study vaccine development to prevent the spread of the Zika virus?52% support

33% oppose
Q2Would you support or oppose the use of monkeys in research to develop treatments for illnesses such as Alzheimer's, autism, and depression?54% support

30% oppose
Q3Do you think conducting research using monkeys is an acceptable or unacceptable practice for developing disease treatments and vaccines?43% acceptable

28% unacceptable

Echelon Insights conducted a poll of 1,000 adults, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2%, on behalf of FBR between Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, 2016. The respondents came from a YouGov national panel.

 Aug. 31 - Sept. 1, 2016 Poll QuestionsMaleFemale
Q1Would you support or oppose the use of monkeys in research to study vaccine development to prevent the spread of the Zika virus?59% support
24% oppose
45% support
42% oppose
Q2Would you support or oppose the use of monkeys in research to develop treatments for illnesses such as Alzheimer's, autism, and depression?63% support

23% oppose
47% support

37% oppose
Q3Do you think conducting research using monkeys is an acceptable or unacceptable practice for developing disease treatments and vaccines?51% acceptable

20% unacceptable
35% support

35% oppose
 2016 Poll QuestionsJan. 29 - Feb. 1
Q1Do you agree or disagree with medical and scientific research that requires lab animals?Agree: 48%
Disagree: 39%
Q2If a veterinarian prescribed a drug for a pet and you learned that research using animals was conducted during the drug’s development, would you allow your pet to take the drug?Yes: 60%
No: 15%
Q3In the State of the Union, President Obama announced the launch of a "War on Cancer." If medical and scientific research with lab animals will accelerate our efforts to fight cancer, would you be comfortable with such research?Yes: 64%
No: 20%

The Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2016 poll includes 1,000 U.S. adults from a YouGov online panel. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.2%.

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