Women’s healthcare – particularly women’s access to birth control – is a hot-button issue of late, especially with the current administration taking steps to repeal Planned Parenthood, and having all-male meetings on women’s health.
But a new survey suggests that the general population, current political leaders notwithstanding, actually have some fairly open-minded views toward women’s contraception. The poll, administered by nonpartisan polling firm PerryUndem, found that 80 percent of voters believe women should be able to have sex for the purpose of pleasure, without fear of getting pregnant. This stat is actually slightly higher than the 76 percent of voters who believe men should be able to have sex for pleasure, without fear of getting someone pregnant. The majority of people surveyed also linked access to birth control to economic success, as well as women’s rights, sexual freedom, and equality.
However, the survey also revealed there is still some room for improvement when it comes to societal acceptance of contraception.
While 85 percent of women considered birth control part of preventative care, only 63 percent of men felt the same. Moreover, 52 percent of men felt they did not personally feel affected by women’s access to affordable contraception.
Take a look at the in-depth poll to read more about the way birth control is perceived in the U.S.