Young Republicans Broadly Support Birth Control and ACA Contraceptive Coverage Requirement

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Two-thirds of young Republicans believe that every woman should have access to affordable, effective birth control, according to new survey data from leading Republican researcher Kristen Soltis Anderson released by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Two-thirds of young Republicans believe that every woman should have access to affordable, effective birth control, according to new survey data from leading Republican researcher Kristen Soltis Anderson released by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Nearly half (48%) of young Republicans think that insurance should cover the full range of FDA approved birth control methods without a co-pay (33% disagree), and more support the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement than oppose it (43% vs. 30%). At the same time, not surprisingly, 60% of young Republicans hold a negative view of the overall Affordable Care Act.

Other findings from the survey include:

  • 45% of young Republicans support the idea of making oral contraceptives available over the counter; 32% oppose the idea.
  • 62% of young Republicans support providing more educational programs and campaigns for young adults about all methods of birth control.
  • 59% of young Republican women agree that birth control should be treated like any other preventive health care service, although 60% of all young Republicans see birth control as more of a personal convenience than a health care need.

"Young Republicans don't leave their ideology behind when thinking about expanding contraceptive access, and they certainly favor limited government,” says report author Kristen Soltis Anderson. “However, within that context, they want to know how to make sure that the most effective methods of birth control are available to those who want them."

Full survey results, along with insights from focus groups, can be found in the new report, Young Republicans, Birth Control, and Public Policy. (http://thenationalcampaign.org/resource/young-republicans-birth-control). The online survey of 818 Republicans age 18-34 was conducted in November 2014.

About Kristen Soltis Anderson and Echelon Insights
The survey was prepared by Echelon Insights on behalf of The National Campaign. Kristen Soltis Anderson, a co-founder of Echelon Insights, studies public opinion and voter attitudes with a particular focus on the views of young voters. She was named to Time Magazine’s “30 under 30 Changing the World” list in 2013. Visit http://www.EchelonInsights.com for more information.

About The National Campaign
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families. Our specific strategy is to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults. We support a combination of responsible values and behavior by both men and women and responsible policies in both the public and private sectors. For more information, visit http://www.TheNationalCampaign.org.

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