Contraception is widely used and accepted in the United States. Despite its near universal use and support, however, contraception has become a topic of policy and political debate. Despite the sometimes heated rhetoric, a new poll commissioned by The National Campaign makes clear that among American adults there is broad agreement for supporting access to birth control and reducing the rate of unplanned pregnancy.
- Seven in 10 Americans (70%) believe that health insurance companies should be required to cover the full cost of birth control, just as they do for other preventive services.
- The most effective methods of birth control can be expensive, especially for those who are uninsured or underinsured. For women who cannot afford it, 81% of the public overall and majorities of Democrats (91%), Independents (80%), and Republicans (66%) believe the government should continue to help these individuals get access to birth control.
- Most Americans (79%) agree that during tough economic times, we should be doing all we can to help reduce unplanned pregnancy by increasing women’s access to birth control.
- Eight in 10 Americans (79%) agree that policymakers who oppose abortion should be strong supporters of birth control.
- 95% of the general public, including large majorities of Democrats (97%), Independents (96%), and Republicans (92%), agree that for those trying not to get pregnant, using birth control is taking personal responsibility.