Survey: Most Americans want their employer to provide insurance coverage for contraception

Except for white evangelical Protestants, according to researchers

By Katie McDonough
Published June 2, 2014 1:52PM (EDT)
                         (AP/Tony Gutierrez)
(AP/Tony Gutierrez)

A new survey out Monday reveals that most Americans still don't want your boss to be able to pick and choose what kind of medical care should be covered under your insurance. (A similar survey in 2012 came to the same conclusion.) According to data from the Public Religion Research Institute, around 60 percent of Americans believe that publicly held and privately held corporations should be required to provide employees with health insurance that includes full contraception coverage. Most Americans also say that they want religiously affiliated hospitals and colleges to provide the same coverage.

Researchers found that more than 50 percent of Catholics and an overwhelming majority of religiously unaffiliated Americans support insurance coverage for comprehensive reproductive healthcare. But the outliers here, according to the data, are white evangelical Protestants.

From the survey:

White evangelical Protestants are unique among religious groups in their opposition to the employer contraception coverage mandate. Four-in-ten (40%) white evangelical Protestants say privately-owned corporations should have to provide health insurance that includes contraception while 45% say the same of publicly-held corporations. Fewer than 4-in-10 white evangelical Protestants say religiously- affiliated colleges (35%), religiously-affiliated hospitals (39%), privately-owned businesses (34%) and churches (26%) should be required to provide this type of health insurance.

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Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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