Men and women are at odds over the new federal requirement that health insurance companies and employer-sponsored health plans fully cover birth control, according to a new survey by Poll Position.
Under the federal health care reform law passed in 2010, health plans must cover preventive health care services without charging deductibles, copays or coinsurance. Federal health officials ruled that birth control is among services considered preventive care and therefore should be covered with no out-of-pocket costs for users.
In the Poll Position survey, 51 percent of men opposed the mandate, and 37 percent supported it. Among women, 46 percent supported the requirement, and 42 percent opposed it. The remaining 12 percent of men and women had no opinion.
Support also split along party lines. Democrats backed the insurance mandate 70 percent to 19 percent, and Republicans opposed it 70 percent to 19 percent. Independents opposed it 47 percent to 39 percent.
More young adults favored the mandate than seniors. Among people ages 30 to 44, 50 percent supported the mandate, 44 percent opposed it, and 6 percent had no opinion. Among people 65 and older, about 30 percent supported the mandate, almost 55 percent opposed it, and 15.5 percent had no opinion.
The survey polled 1,242 registered voters nationwide Feb. 12 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.