NJ WOMEN SUPPORT CONTRACEPTION MANDATES, NEW POLL SHOWS

On March 7-10, 2012 Pulse Opinion Research conducted a survey of 1,000 adult women in New Jersey.

Is the condition of the U.S. economy better, worse, or about the same as it was four years ago?

32% Better
43% Worse
22% About the same
3% Not sure

How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

38% Strongly approve
21% Somewhat approve
9% Somewhat disapprove
31% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

How would you rate the job Chris Christie has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

27% Strongly approve
30% Somewhat approve
19% Somewhat disapprove
21% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

How closely have you been following the Republican presidential primaries?

37% Very closely
40% Somewhat closely
17% Not very closely
4% Not at all
1% Not sure

Which political party do you believe best represents your interests?

40% Democrats
33% Republicans
20% Neither
7% Not sure

Have you ever been discriminated against in the workplace because you are a woman?

35% Yes
59% No
7% Not sure

Okay…how about in some other area of your life. Have you been discriminated against because you are a woman?

35% Yes
56% No
9% Not sure

[Answered By 574 Employed Women] If you work outside the home, do you work Part time by choice, work part time but would prefer to work full time, or do you work full-time?

23% Part time by choice
19% Part time but would prefer to work full time
53% Full time
4% Not sure

Has the pressure of balancing work and family gotten worse for women, better, or remained the same over the last four years?

13% Better
38% Worse
43% About the same
6% Not sure

How concerned are you about economic conditions for women and girls in the United States?

49% Very concerned
33% Somewhat concerned
12% Not very concerned
2% Not at all concerned
4% Not sure

Would you describe yourself as a supporter of women’s rights?

77% Yes
11% No
12% Not sure

Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

29% Yes
55% No
16% Not sure

Are the educational and economic gains women have made in the United States in recent decades in danger of being taken away?

29% Yes
50% No
20% Not sure

Are the educational and economic gains women have made in the United States in recent decades in danger of being taken away?

29% Yes
50% No
20% Not sure

How much attention do men in government or in your life pay to issues of concern to you?

23% Enough
51% Not enough
16% About the same as I do
9% Not sure

How likely is it that you will see a woman President in your lifetime?

28% Very likely
47% Somewhat likely
18% Not very likely
3% Not at all likely
3% Not sure

Generally speaking, on the issue of abortion, do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?

60% Pro-choice
31% Pro-life
9% Not sure

Should health insurance companies be required by law to cover all government-approved contraceptives for women, without co-payments or other charges to the patient?

51% Yes
38% No
11% Not sure

UNION – A majority of New Jersey women support government mandates requiring insurance companies to provide government-approved contraception to women free of charge, according to a new Kean University / NJ Speaks poll released today.

The survey of 1,000 women in New Jersey was conducted as part of Kean University’s commemoration of Women’s History Month in March.

Fifty-one percent of the women surveyed said they believed insurance companies should be required to provide contraception without co-payments or other charges to the consumer. Thirty-eight percent said that companies should not be required to provide such services free of charge. About a third of women who said they were Republicans or conservative said they believed that contraception coverage should be provided without co-payments.

The finding comes after weeks of raucous debate over the role of government mandates in providing access to contraception. The Obama administration agreed to a compromise which allows faith-affiliated institutions to opt out of providing coverage for contraception.

“The survey shows support for government mandates requiring free access to contraception, although the idea clearly remains contested,” said Terry Golway, director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy, which commissioned the poll.

The poll also found strong support for Governor Chris Christie among New Jersey women.  Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they either strongly approved or somewhat approved of the Governor’s job performance. Among Republicans, 77 percent of the women respondents approved of Christie’s performance. Forty-three percent of Democrats also approved. Sixty-one percent of respondents who described themselves as moderates approved of Christie, while 30 percent of liberals did. (Note: Respondents were not screened for how often they voted.)

Fifty-nine percent of women approved of President Obama’s performance.

Forty percent of respondents said that Democrats best represented their interests. Thirty-three percent said the Republicans did, and 20 percent said neither.

More than a third said that they have been discriminated against in the workplace. “That is a shockingly high figure,” said Brid Nicholson, assistant professor of history at Kean University. “And it cuts across all age, racial, and income groups.” Professor Nicholson also observed that “many women in New Jersey are under-employed.” She noted that 19 percent of respondents said they worked part-time, but preferred to be working fulltime.

“The findings also show remarkable agreement on what it’s like to be a woman in 2012,” said Elizabeth Hyde, assistant professor of history at Kean University. “Seventy-seven percent described themselves as supporters of women’s rights, and 60 percent said that women are not realistically portrayed in popular culture and the media.” Professor Hyde and Professor Nicholson both noted that 55 percent rejected the label of “feminist,” answering “no” to the question: “Would you describe yourself as a feminist?”

Fifty-one percent said that men in government and in their lives do not pay enough attention to issues of concern to women.

The Kean University / NJ Speaks poll was conducted March 7 to 11, 2012. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points.

A synopsis of the data and a note on methodology follow. Crosstabs are available upon request.

Professor Nicholson can be reached at 973-615-9509

Professor Hyde can be reached at 908-429-0245

Terry Golway can be reached at 908-499-8097