What Spurs Activism on the Stem Cell Issue?

Back in 2006, stem cell research was a big campaign issue in the 2006 Wisconsin governor’s race. Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison looks at what motivated residents of the state to get involved in political activities around the issue, like signing a petition or joining a demonstration. It turns out that media exposure, political ideology, and the potential positive outcomes of the research—economic benefits and scientific progress—were bigger motivators than religiosity was. As graduate student Kajsa Dalrymple, who worked on the study, explains:

What is really interesting is that religion and religious perspectives didn’t motivate people to participate directly on the stem cell issue. People were more interested in the social and economic aspects of the stem cell issue.

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