Public Opinion Polls

Do you support ethical animal research?

2021 animal research poll

Public education and leadership key to increased support

Americans remain divided over moral acceptability of animal research and testing; however, FBR’s latest polls indicate they are more likely to support animal research and testing when they are well-informed about the role of animal models in the development of medical treatments and vaccines and also when decision-makers and influential leaders publicly support animal research.

A majority of participants – 57% – in FBR’s March 2021 poll said the humane use of animals to develop lifesaving medicines for people and pets is morally acceptable when there is no other effective way to do the research and no unnecessary suffering for the animals. Moral acceptability rose even higher – to 59% – when participants were also told that world-famous animal welfare activist Dr. Temple Grandin supports animal research. By contrast only 47% of participants viewed the humane use of animals in scientific research as morally acceptable when they were not informed about the lack of alternatives to animal research or the strict regulations guiding animal research.

Q1Extremely concernedVery concernedSomewhat concernedNot very concernedNot at all concernedUnsure
How personally concerned are you about the chances of you or someone in your family becoming infected with the coronavirus?15%20%28%18%15%5%
Q2Yes, I have already gotten the vaccineYes, as soon as I am eligibleYes, but only after others have gotten it and it seems safeNo, I probably won’tUnsure
Have you gotten or do you plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine?38%29%5%25%3%
QuestionMorally acceptableMorally wrongUnsure
3. Please indicate whether you personally believe the humane use of animals in scientific research to develop COVID-19 vaccines is morally acceptable or morally wrong.45%23%32%
4. Please indicate whether you personally believe the humane use of
animals in scientific research to develop lifesaving medicines for people and pets is morally acceptable or morally wrong.
47%18%34%
5. If there is no other effective way to do the research and there is no unnecessary suffering for the animals, please indicate whether you personally believe the humane use of animals in scientific research to develop lifesaving medicines for people and pets is morally acceptable or morally wrong.57%16%27%
6. World-famous animal welfare activist Temple Grandin supports animal research. Having heard this, if there is no other effective way to do the research and there
is no unnecessary suffering for the animals, please indicate whether you personally believe the humane use of animals in scientific research to develop lifesaving medicines for people and pets is morally acceptable or morally wrong.
59%13%28%

Echelon Insights conducted the above poll for FBR with 1,008 registered voters from March 15-21.

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