A just-released national survey shows that a clear majority of
Democratic parents with school-aged children support abstinence
According to the study conducted by the National Abstinence Education Association
(NAEA), eight out of ten Democratic parents and nine out of ten
Republican parents support abstinence education. Valerie Huber,
executive director of the NAEA, is not surprised by the
"When we talk to parents and to
students, we find pretty much unanimity and support for abstinence
education," she accounts. "But we did think it would be a huge
surprise to policy makers in Washington who are setting policy
that's totally out of touch with their support base."
She finds it particularly interesting that 60 percent of
Democrats and 70 percent of Republicans oppose President Obama's
efforts to entirely eliminate abstinence education funding.
"That particular finding, I think more than any other question
on the whole survey, shows that the White House is out of touch
with what's not only in the best interest of young people, but what
their constituency wants for their children," Huber concludes.