Just over half of American voters now oppose a government requirement that employers provide health insurance with free contraceptives for female employees, a new Rasmussen Reports poll reveals.
But voters are closely divided when asked whether a business should be allowed to opt out of such a mandate for religious reasons.
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The poll of 1,000 likely voters found 38 percent believe businesses must provide insurance covering government-approved contraceptives for women without co-payments or other charges.
But 51 percent say employers should not be required to provide health insurance with the contraceptive mandate.
Another 11 percent said they are not sure, in the poll conducted on Dec. 1.
The contraceptives controversy is now the subject of a legal challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Roughly 40 for-profit companies have sued, arguing they should not be forced to cover some or all forms of birth control because doing so would violate their religious beliefs.
Arguments probably would take place in late March with a decision expected in late June.
The poll's margin of sampling error is plus or minus percentage points.
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