Though largely split, more oppose making pseudoephedrine prescription, cn|2 Poll shows

03/02/2011 06:27 PM

Nearly half of Kentuckians surveyed in the cn|2 Poll said they oppose a measure that would require prescriptions for cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

Bills in both the House and Senate — House Bill 281 and Senate Bill 45 — proposed the change, which is aimed at making it more difficult for makers of methamphetamine to get a key ingredient, pseudoephedrine.

But a total of 49% said they opposed the move, siding with lawmakers who say the bill will raise the cost of health care by requiring people to go to the doctor to get access to cold medicine with pseudoephedrine.

Pharmaceutical companies spent several weeks airing radio ads against the measures.

Meanwhile, a total of 36% said they agree with the bills. Nearly 21% said they strongly agreed and about 15% said they somewhat agreed with the proposals. That put them on the side of many rural lawmakers who say the change is necessary to fight the scourge of meth abuse.

About 15% of the 804 likely voters polled were unsure or refused to answer the question.

The cn|2 Poll was conducted Feb. 28 and March 1 by live interviewers from Braun Research of New Jersey. Interviewers contacted likely voters in the 2011 election — those who voted in both gubernatorial elections of 2003 and 2007, as well as younger voters under 24 who said they planned to vote this fall.

Click here to read the details and cross-tabulations of the poll results for legislative issues:

statewide legislative issues 3-2.pdf [881.07KB]

The proposal to make pseudoephedrine a prescription drug received the most support in 5th Congressional District, which covers eastern and southern Kentucky. A total of 40% of the 117 respondents from that area said they agree with the plan.

The 1st Congressional District, which includes western and southern Kentucky showed the least support for the plan with less than 29% agreeing with it.

Just like in the General Assembly, where the bills have stalled, party affiliation was not a factor with roughly the same percentages of Democrats and Republicans agreeing and disagreeing with the proposal.

- Ryan Alessi


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