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The Data

The poll surveyed 600 New Yorkers on the New York City Department of Education’s controversial CATCH program and on their opinions of abstinence education. This poll was commissioned by the Chiaroscuro Foundation and conducted by Smith Johnson Research.

The questions on abstinence education were taken from a national survey conducted by the National Abstinence Education Foundation, the results of which can be found at http://whattheytoldus.org/. The results of the NYC survey are comparable to the national results.

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Highlights:

        Fifty-three percent of New Yorkers think that Department of Education should not be dispensing Plan B to high school students.

        African American and Hispanic parents carry strong opposition to the CATCH program:

o   54% of Hispanic respondents believe the DOE should not be distributing Plan B to high school students, and only 27% support the current opt out system.

o   African-American opposition to CATCH is also high: 59% oppose distributing Plan B to teenagers. Only 15% of African American respondents support the current opt out system.

        Additionally, support for comprehensive Abstinence Education is high, especially among African Americans and Hispanics:

o   Nearly 77% of Hispanic respondents would support abstinence education that teaches the facts about contraception while promoting delaying sex as the best choice for teenagers.

o   Additionally, over 80% of Hispanic respondents would be supportive of an abstinence education program that taught healthy relationship skills.

o   Nearly 83% of African American respondents would support abstinence education that teaches healthy relationship skills.

o   And close to 73% of African American respondents would support abstinence education that teaches the facts about contraception while promoting delaying sex as the best choice for teenagers.

        More than 75% of parents would support abstinence education that teaches healthy relationship skills.

        Close to 71% of parents would support abstinence education that teaches the facts about contraception while promoting delaying sex as the best choice for teenagers.

        Only 32% of New Yorkers who rated the performance of New York City public schools in academics excellent or good, Diaz said, “The schools should be focused on providing a quality education to our children, not on passing out pills.”

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