The new CBS/New York Times poll
shows that the White House's fight over contraception in health insurance plans is in fact on the winning side with the public -- and among Catholics, too, the group whose church leadership has mounted the mount vigorous campaign against it.
The poll of American adults asked: "Do you support or oppose a recent federal requirement that private health insurance plans cover the full cost of birth control for their female patients?" The answer was: Support 66%, Oppose 26%.
A follow-up question then specifically brought the religious element into the equation: "And what about for religiously affiliated employers, such as a hospital or university -- do you support or oppose a recent federal requirement that their health insurance plans cover the full cost of birth control for their female employees?"
The answer was still a very sizable majority: Support 61%, Oppose 31%. And on that followup question, Catholics were essentially identical to the top-line at 61%-32%. Women also supported it by 66%-28%, and men by 55%-38%.