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Poll: Voters Support Hobby Lobby Decision by 10-Point Margin

10:25 PM, Jul 2, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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A new Rasmussen poll finds that 49 percent of American voters support a religious exemption to the federal government's contraception mandate, while 39 percent oppose such an exemption:

Half of voters agree with the U.S. Supreme Court that a business owner should be able to opt out of Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate if it violates his or her religious beliefs. But most also say a company’s level of contraceptive coverage is not that important to their decision to work there.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters think businesses should be required by law to provide health insurance that covers all government-approved contraceptives for women without co-payments or other charges to the patient. Slightly more (47%) say companies should not be required to meet this contraceptive mandate included in the new national health care law. Ten percent (10%) are not sure.

A recent Huffington Post/YouGov poll also found that a plurality of Americans supported Hobby Lobby, but poll results have varied wildly, likely because of differences in how the questions were phrased.

Here are the questions Rasmussen posed to likely voters: 

Should businesses be required by law to provide health insurance that covers all government-approved contraceptives for women without co-payments or other charges to the patient?

If providing such health insurance coverage violates the religious beliefs of a business' owner, should the business be allowed to opt out of providing coverage for contraceptives?

Rasmussen polls have yielded more favorable results for President Obama than have other pollsters in recent months.

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