Omaha – New polling from Anzalone Liszt Research shows Nebraska voters overwhelmingly support comprehensive sexual health education in schools.
Two-thirds, 66 percent, of voters polled believe public schools should teach a sex education curriculum that explains contraceptives and birth control options to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases rather than focus solely on abstinence education.
"Nebraskans realize the importance of all forms of education," said Planned Parenthood of the Heartland President and CEO Jill June.
"Comprehensive sexuality education gives young people the tools and information they need to make safe and healthy decisions," said June. "Without this valuable information, their health is at risk."
This is the second consecutive year that support for comprehensive sex education has increased.
The number of voters supporting comprehensive sexual health education has increase by 12 percent since 2010, showing that voters do not view sex education as a partisan issue.
"The number of people diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections continue to increase," June said. "Teaching young people about prevention is the only way to stop the spread of STIs and prevent unplanned pregnancies."
Additionally, the poll shows that Nebraskans have a strong favorability rating of Planned Parenthood and show support for the organization and the vital health services they provide.
These findings are the result of 700 live telephone interviews with 2012 voters in Nebraska, including 20 percent cell phone completes, conducted by Anzalone Liszt Research from Nov. 26th to Dec. 2nd.