Public Opinion Polls

Do you support ethical animal research?

2015 results

Takeaway: focus on how research saves lives

Poll QuestionsJune 2015
Do you agree or disagree with medical and scientific research that requires lab animals?Agree: 45%
Disagree: 40%
Do you believe or not believe the following statement: "Animal testing has led to medical
breakthroughs that have saved lives."
Believe: 74%
Do not believe: 12%
Would you support or oppose the use of animals in scientific research that is intended to
develop vaccines for infectious diseases like Ebola?
Support: 70%
Oppose: 18%
Would you support or oppose the use of animals in scientific research that is intended to
develop … treatments for degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s?
Support: 71%
Oppose: 16%
Would you support or oppose the use of animals in scientific research that is intended to
develop … cures for terminal illnesses like pancreatic cancer?
Support: 72%
Oppose: 16%

Echelon Insights conducted the June 2015 poll on behalf of FBR with 1,000 adults in the U.S. Echelon used the YouGov survey platform for this quartely tracking poll, which has a margin or error of plus or minus 3.9%, on June 19-22, 2015.

June 2015MenWomenDemocrat RepublicanIndependent
Q1Agree: 53%
Disagree: 33%
Agree: 38%
Disagree: 47%
Agree: 40%
Disagree: 43%
Agree: 55%
Disagree: 33%
Agree: 43%
Disagree: 40%
Q2Strongly believe: 41%
Somewhat believe: 38%
Strongly believe: 29%
Somewhat believe: 41%
Believe: 74%
Do not believe: 10%
Believe: 81%
Do not believe: 11%
Believe: 72%
Do not believe: 12%
March 2015AgreeDisagree
Do you agree or disagree with medical and scientific research that requires lab animals?48%36%

FBR commissioned Zogby Analytics to conduct the March 2015 poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.8 percentage points.  Zogby surveyed 3,030 adults in the U.S. online.

QuestionJan. 16-18, 2015
Do you agree or disagree with medical and scientific research that requires lab animals?Agree: 60%
Disagree: 26%
In general, what level of support do you give to the testing and research of animals?Support: 56%
Oppose: 32%
Animal research and testing has been known to be useful in the following categories of cures and treatments. In each of the following areas do you believe animal research and testing is justified? - Biological weapons such as Anthrax, Ricin, RadiationYes: 35%
No: 29%
Animal research and testing has been known to be useful in the following categories of cures and treatments. In each of the following areas do you believe animal research and testing is justified? - Viral contagion such as the Bird Flu, Ebola, & Swine FluYes: 48%
No: 19%
Animal research and testing has been known to be useful in the following categories of cures and treatments. In each of the following areas do you believe animal research and testing is justified? - Life-threatening disorders such as Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, & StrokeYes: 48%
No: 20%
Animal research and testing has been known to be useful in the following categories of cures and treatments. In each of the following areas do you believe animal research and testing is justified? - Disorders that reduce quality of life such as Arthritis, Alzheimer's, Epilepsy, Obesity, & Parkinson'sYes: 41%
No: 22%
Animal research and testing has been known to be useful in the following categories of cures and treatments. In each of the following areas do you believe animal research and testing is justified? - VaccinationsYes: 48%
No: 20%
Animal research and testing has been known to be useful in the following categories of cures and treatments. In each of the following areas do you believe animal research and testing is justified? - Cosmetic and sexual deficiencies such as Baldness, Body Part Enhancements, Dental Veneers, & Erectile DysfunctionYes: 21%
No: 49%
Animal research and testing has been known to be useful in the following categories of cures and treatments. In each of the following areas do you believe animal research and testing is justified? - MouthwashYes: 19%
No: 54%
How comfortable are you with the research and testing of these types of animals? - MiceComfortable: 64%
Uncomfortable: 25%
How comfortable are you with the research and testing of these types of animals? - HamstersComfortable: 56%
Uncomfortable: 33%
How comfortable are you with the research and testing of these types of animals? - RatsComfortable: 63%
Uncomfortable: 26%
How comfortable are you with the research and testing of these types of animals? - RabbitsComfortable: 45%
Uncomfortable: 43%
How comfortable are you with the research and testing of these types of animals? - CatsComfortable: 27%
Uncomfortable: 60%
How comfortable are you with the research and testing of these types of animals? - DogsComfortable: 25%
Uncomfortable: 62%
How comfortable are you with the research and testing of these types of animals? - PigsComfortable: 40%
Uncomfortable: 46%
How comfortable are you with the research and testing of these types of animals? - DolphinsComfortable: 25%
Uncomfortable: 62%
How comfortable are you with the research and testing of these types of animals? - SheepComfortable: 35%
Uncomfortable: 52%
How comfortable are you with the research and testing of these types of animals? - MonkeysComfortable: 37%
Uncomfortable: 51%
How comfortable are you with the research and testing of these types of animals? - ZebrafishComfortable: 46%
Uncomfortable: 34%

Zogby Analytics conducted the January 2015 poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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