Figures Don’t Lie, But…

I’d like to see the wording of the survey questions:

Nearly two-thirds of Missouri voters are in favor of a new type of stem cell research that would be banned in the state under proposed legislation, according to a recent poll.

The poll of 600 registered voters found that 66 percent of voters approve somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) while 30 percent are opposed.

Eighty percent of the Democrats who responded to the poll said they supported SCNT, while 52 percent of Republicans said they supported it and 44 said they disapproved. Two thirds of independents polled said they were in favor of SCNT.

Fred Steeper, a consultant at Market Strategies of Livonia, Mich., conducted the poll by phone Feb. 3-6 on behalf of the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, a group of more than 60 state and national organizations launched last week that supports somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT).

You want to know my gut reaction to these poll results?


70% of Missouri voted to define marriage as “one man, one woman” last summer. Nearly 80% of the state legislature voted to overturn former Governor Mel Carnahan’s veto of a ban on partial birth abortion. That means a lot of Democrats vote “Republican” on moral issues in Missouri.

We’re supposed to believe that these same voters are now suddenly in favor of human cloning?

Come on. I’ll tell you what these poll results mean: Either people don’t understand that Somatic Cell Transfer is human cloning, or that the process of researching embryonic stem cells requires the destruction of developing human lives, or this poll was limited to liberal enclaves in Saint Louis and Kansas City.

No way two-thirds of this state supports therapeutic cloning. No way.

I don’t suppose the fact that biotech investors hungry for another state to cough up tax dollars were behind the survey affected its outcome. Ha. If they were truly interested in lifesaving cures, they’d spend some money on researching adult stem cells which have already yielded dozens, compared to embryonic stem cells which have yielded–well, check the scoreboard:


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