Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #18291
 
Overwhelming Opposition to City of San Francisco Legislating Who Can Have a Circumcision: San Francisco voters 4:1 oppose a ballot measure that would make it against the law to circumcise any male child under the age of 18, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KPIX-TV. The city lines up on circumcision this way:

* 26% see it as a harmless tradition.
* 47% see it as a medical procedure whose health benefits outweigh the health risks.
* 8% see it as a medical procedure whose risks outweigh the benefits.
* 9% see it as mutilation.

Women by 2:1 say they would circumcise a boy if they had a male baby today. Men split.
Regardless of their feelings about circumcision, San Franciscans by 8:1 say the government should not be involved.

Jewish voters oppose the ballot measure 18:1.

 
This survey includes Cell Phone Respondents and Landline Respondents: 600 San Francisco adults were interviewed by SurveyUSA 06/10/11 through 06/14/11, including 20% who use a cell phone as their only, or primary way to make and receive phone calls, and 80% who were interviewed using recorded voice on their landline home telephone.
 
1In November, San Francisco voters may be asked to vote on a ballot measure about circumcision. A YES vote would make it against the law in the city of San Francisco to circumcise anyone younger than 18, regardless of religion. A no vote would keep things as they now are. If you were voting today, would you vote YES, to make the circumcision of male children against the law in the city of San Francisco? Or would you vote no?
538 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCircumcisedEducationIncomeReligionPierced EarsOther PiercingsTattoosTravel
Credibility Interval: ± 3.7 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / After BiLater InNot CircNo HSHS GradSome ColCollege <$25K$25K - $$50K - $$75K - $>$100KProtestaJewishCatholicMuslimEveryoneYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNo
Yes17%21%12%19%16%11%19%18%15%15%15%17%19%21%15%27%**16%17%17%22%19%16%21%9%9%5%17%**20%11%22%21%16%14%17%15%26%
No76%72%80%70%78%82%77%74%80%78%83%73%73%77%64%61%**83%75%76%71%66%73%75%89%90%94%76%**74%82%73%71%78%79%77%81%72%
Undecided7%6%8%11%6%6%4%9%5%7%2%10%8%2%20%12%**1%8%7%7%15%11%4%2%1%2%7%**6%7%6%9%6%7%6%4%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%30%31%20%19%61%39%52%7%11%30%67%6%26%1%6%25%68%12%20%20%17%32%14%9%33%1%42%52%48%8%92%19%81%89%11%
 
 
2Which of these 4 statements do you agree with most: Circumcision is a harmless tradition. Circumcision is a medical procedure where the health benefits outweigh the health risks. Circumcision is a medical procedure where the health risks outweigh the health benefits. Circumcision is mutilation.
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCircumcisedEducationIncomeReligionPierced EarsOther PiercingsTattoosTravel
Credibility Interval: ± 4.1 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / After BiLater InNot CircNo HSHS GradSome ColCollege <$25K$25K - $$50K - $$75K - $>$100KProtestaJewishCatholicMuslimEveryoneYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNo
Harmless Tradition26%28%25%26%27%24%29%26%27%24%41%24%28%23%25%37%**23%30%24%31%29%26%26%22%34%28%21%**22%27%25%18%27%18%28%24%22%
Benefits Outweigh Risks47%42%53%47%46%50%47%47%48%52%38%45%42%54%52%16%**44%46%49%50%41%48%51%51%49%62%64%**36%50%46%55%47%59%45%49%58%
Risks Outweigh Benefits8%9%6%10%8%7%5%9%6%7%8%3%10%7%19%15%**7%6%9%4%8%8%7%11%4%0%3%**14%7%9%11%8%12%7%8%11%
Mutilation9%14%4%9%11%5%8%10%7%10%9%22%3%11%3%20%**13%8%9%7%6%11%9%7%4%2%8%**15%7%10%12%8%6%9%11%4%
Not Sure10%7%12%8%8%14%10%8%12%7%3%6%17%5%2%12%**13%10%9%7%16%7%8%9%9%7%4%**12%10%10%5%10%5%11%9%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%51%49%31%30%20%19%61%39%50%7%12%32%65%6%29%1%7%24%67%12%20%20%17%31%14%8%34%1%43%52%48%8%92%19%81%89%11%
 
 
3Regardless of your views on circumcision, should the government be involved in deciding who can have a circumcision? Or should the government stay out of it?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCircumcisedEducationIncomeReligionPierced EarsOther PiercingsTattoosTravel
Credibility Interval: ± 3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / After BiLater InNot CircNo HSHS GradSome ColCollege <$25K$25K - $$50K - $$75K - $>$100KProtestaJewishCatholicMuslimEveryoneYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNo
Should Be Involved11%16%7%16%14%6%5%15%6%13%19%11%7%14%27%20%**6%14%12%7%11%12%13%12%2%9%8%**15%8%15%32%10%11%12%10%11%
Should Stay Out Of It83%79%88%77%81%91%90%79%90%81%80%82%88%84%63%71%**93%81%84%82%80%85%87%84%95%91%88%**80%87%80%65%85%84%84%85%89%
Not Sure5%5%5%7%5%3%4%6%4%5%1%7%5%2%10%9%**1%6%5%10%9%3%1%4%3%0%4%**5%5%5%2%5%5%5%4%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%51%49%31%30%20%19%61%39%50%7%12%32%65%6%29%1%7%24%67%12%20%20%17%31%14%8%34%1%43%52%48%8%92%19%81%89%11%
 
 
4If you were to have a baby boy today, would you have the boy circumcised? Or not?
577 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCircumcisedEducationIncomeReligionPierced EarsOther PiercingsTattoosTravel
Credibility Interval: ± 4.2 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / After BiLater InNot CircNo HSHS GradSome ColCollege <$25K$25K - $$50K - $$75K - $>$100KProtestaJewishCatholicMuslimEveryoneYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNo
Would53%47%60%50%49%54%64%50%59%60%66%30%49%61%54%13%**61%52%53%47%47%60%62%53%64%87%67%**40%60%46%54%53%60%52%56%58%
Would Not36%46%27%34%41%42%25%38%34%32%26%50%40%31%36%82%**31%37%36%32%33%35%35%38%28%13%26%**50%28%44%29%36%27%38%36%37%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%31%30%20%19%61%39%50%7%11%32%65%6%29%1%7%24%67%12%20%20%17%31%14%8%34%1%43%52%48%8%92%19%81%89%11%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.