March 27, 2014 — The vast majority of female voters do not believe that corporations should be able to claim religious exemptions from a federal requirement to cover prescription birth control in their employee health plans, according to a recent poll from Hart Research Associates.
The national survey found that opposition to the idea of granting such exemptions to private businesses was strong across most demographic and attitudinal groups. Only Republican respondents were evenly divided on the issue.
The poll also asked respondents a broader question about whether "corporations should be exempt from any law because of their religious beliefs." Seventy-two percent of respondents said businesses should not be permitted any religious exemptions.
On another question, 81% of respondents said pharmacies should not be permitted to refuse to fill a customer's birth control prescription for religious reasons. Similar percentages said that businesses should not be allowed to cite religious objections to homosexuality to refuse service to people (81%) or to refuse to hire gays or lesbians (79%).
Data source: "Memorandum: Women Voters' Reaction to Religious Exemptions," Hart Research Associates, March 24, 2014.