The Minnesota congresswoman and tea-party presidential candidate has found support in criticizing Texas Gov. Rick Perry's executive order
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) would have wide support for her position denouncing a onetime Texas requirement that girls entering the sixth grade be inoculated against a virus that can cause cervical cancer in women.
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A firm majority of voters--57 percent--oppose the Texas policy that made the injections mandatory unless a parent or legal guardian requested that they not receive them. The requirement has been vigorously defended by Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, who is battling Bachmann for the Republican presidential nomination; he has said he would err on "the side of life" in the fight against the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Bachmann has suggested that the vaccine causes mental retardation, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contends there's no evidence of that.
The results of the survey appear in the latest installment of the United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll. Those surveyed denounced the Texas policy of requiring girls entering the sixth grade to receive vaccinations against the disease.
According to the poll, opposition to the mandatory inoculations is consistent across historic divides of class, race, and party affiliation. When it comes to gender, 56 percent of women and 58 percent of men said it was wrong "to require such vaccinations." Among white non-hispanics it was 57 percent who said it was wrong, virtually identical to the 56 percent of blacks who responded the same way. Only among the youngest age cohort that was questioned--those 18 to 29--was there a majority supporting the policy: Just over half, 51 percent, said it was the right policy while 45 percent said it was wrong.