(CNSNews.com) – A new poll commissioned by the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defending Freedom shows that three out of five or 59 percent of likely voters oppose requiring insurance plans to cover FDA approved contraceptives, including those drugs that can destroy a human embryo and sterilization.
FRC President Tony Perkins issued the following statement regarding the survey and the Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to accept the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases and decide the fate of Obamacare's HHS mandate.
"Americans should not be forced to violate their religious beliefs to purchase health insurance, hold a job, or operate a business in their country,” Perkin said. “Freedom of religion, the American people believe, extends to the freedom to practice your religion in your healthcare plan, as outlined by the First Amendment of the Constitution and illustrated in these poll results.
"The American people are turning their backs not only on this oppressive health care law but also on the law's mandate that for the first time in American history requires individuals to violate their moral beliefs and require them to pay for items and services they oppose in their health care plans,” Perkins aid.
The survey also found that 77 percent of evangelical Protestants and 61 percent of Catholics oppose the mandate.
A majority of women ages 18 to 24 (54 percent) oppose the mandate, according to the survey.
The poll, conducted by WPA Opinion Research, surveyed 801 likely voters nationwide on Nov. 18 – 20, and the results have a margin of error equal to plus or minus 3.5 percent in 95 out of 100 cases.
The research group noted: "Obamacare has seen its public support drop as the unadvertised consequences of the law have become clear. The mandated coverage of drugs that can destroy a human embryo, are just another instance of this."
"Although the Supreme Court has agreed to hear this case, Congress should listen to the American people and act to protect the livelihoods of Americans that are now at risk,” Perkins said. “Congress must fulfill its constitutional duty to protect employers and individuals who do not want to be punished for standing up for their rights.”