Animal research continues to be a hotly contested issue in America, according to the results of a new
Pew Research Center survey.
Forty-seven percent of those surveyed
support the use of animals in scientific
research, while 52 percent oppose it.
The survey was conducted as a part of
the American Trends Panel, a nationally
representative panel of randomly selected
Research involving laboratory animals has led to the development of numerous treatments for diseases including cancer,
Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, HIV, and more. The care and
well-being of animals used in biomedical research is highly
However, animal research remains a contentious issue.
Activist groups, and even some lawmakers, say that the use of
laboratory animals is inhumane.
The respondent’s sex and educational level may play a role
in how they feel about the issue. Only 36 percent of women
favor the use of laboratory animals in scientific research, while
a majority (58 percent) of men were in favor. Those who had
obtained a postgraduate degree (59 percent) were more likely
to support animal research than those who had a high school
degree or less (40 percent).
There was no partisanship divide on the issue of animal
research. Half of the Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats
surveyed favored the use of animals in scientific research.
The findings are similar to the results of a 2014 survey,
which revealed than 47 percent of respondents were for animal
research and 50 percent were against.
47 Percent of