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Poll: 'Strong support' for funding women's health services

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The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute conducted a poll in partnership with Rutgers University in order to gauge the desire for women’s health funding in the state.

“We wanted to gauge the views of New Jersey voters to see how they value these reproductive health services — what services people should have access to and who should pay for those services,” said Linda Schwimmer, CEO and president of the institute. “The poll shows strong support among New Jersey voters to fund these services.”

The poll, which focused on the proposed Medicaid cuts that would jeopardize access to clinics and services like Planned Parenthood, found many voters believe coverage should be mandated, and expect employers to cover such services.

The results were nearly equal among Republicans and Democrats.

More than half voted that it was very or somewhat important for health insurers to cover birth control.

Seventy-five percent supported private insurance plans covering the full cost of birth control. That includes 42 percent of Republicans or 46 percent of conservatives, according to the poll.

However, 34 percent said it was the woman’s responsibility to pay for it and 21 person believed it’s the government’s duty.

“New Jersey voters’ attitudes on women’s reproductive health largely reflect views nationwide,” said Ashley Koning, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers and assistant research professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. “Opinions about coverage requirements, funding for low-income women and of Planned Parenthood moreover often cut across partisan lines in New Jersey, with support spanning a wide range of demographics.”

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