Animal and Pet Cloning Opinion Polls

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Americans very consistently oppose animal cloning in general, on which there are at least annual surveys. They strongly disapprove of pet cloning, and even the use of cloning to reestablish endangered, or revive extinct, species.

Animal Cloning Poll Summary

Animal cloning is unpopular, as the following summary shows. The 2002–13 Gallup polls, and a 1997 CNN/Time poll, asked whether animal cloning was "morally acceptable" or "morally wrong," as did the 2013 Angus Reid survey of Canada, the US and the UK. The 2001 Gallup poll asked whether it "should or should not be allowed." ABC asked if it should be "legal" or "illegal." The 2001 Time/CNN poll asked if it was "a good idea or a bad idea." The 2002 GPPC (Genetics and Public Policy Center) poll asked for approval/disapproval of "scientists working on ways to clone animals."

Poll
Date
Approve
Disapprove
Other
Gallup May 2018 40 51 3
Gallup May 2017 32 63 4
Gallup May 2016 34 60 7
Gallup May 2015 34 60 6
Gallup May 2014 34 60 5
Gallup May 2013 34 60 6
Angus Reid (Canada) Jan 2013 26 n/a n/a
Angus Reid (US) Jan 2013 23 n/a n/a
Angus Reid (UK) Jan 2013 20 n/a n/a
Gallup May 2012 34 60 6
Gallup May 2011 32 62 6
Gallup May 2010 31 63 6
Gallup May 2009 34 63 3
Gallup May 2008 33 61 6
Gallup May 2007 36 59 5
Gallup May 2006 29 65 6
Gallup May 2005 35 61 4
Gallup (Canada) 2004 30 n/a n/a
Gallup (UK) 2004 26 n/a n/a
Gallup May 2004
32
64
4
Gallup (teens) Aug 2003 32 67 1
Gallup May 2003
29
68
3
GPPC Oct 2002 37 55 8
Gallup May 2002
29
66
5
ABC Aug 2001
37
59
4
Gallup May 2001
32
64
4
Time/CNN Feb 2001
29
67
4
CNN/Time Feb 1997
28
66
6

There are some demographic groups that tend to support animal cloning for research purposes, though not as pets. According to the 2001 Gallup and ABC polls, these include those with postgraduate education and those earning above $75,000. Religious people tended to be more opposed than the non-religious. There was also a substantial gender gap, with women strongly opposed to animal cloning (71–25 % in the ABC poll, 74% opposed in the Gallup), and men almost evenly split.

An August 2013 YouGov poll reported that 43% of Americans say animal cloning is "sometimes acceptable" (8% said "always" and 28% "never"), but did not specify for what purposes.

In April/May 1999, a Pew survey asked whether the cloning of a sheep had been a change for the better (15%), a change for the worse (49%), or had not made much difference (23%); 13% did not know or refused to answer.

Pet Cloning Poll Summary

Attempts to establish a pet cloning industry essentially foundered on a lack of public support, despite well-funded publicity.

Poll
Date
Approve
Disapprove
Other
ORC Feb 2004
13
80
7
Gallup May 2002 15 82 3
Fox Feb 2002
12
84
4
Fox Apr 2001
16
79
5

The 2001 and 2002 Fox polls asked about cloning "a beloved pet such as a dog or cat." The 2002 Gallup poll asked about "cloning of dogs, cats, or other animals that people keep as pets."

The Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) poll summary was prepared for the American Anti-Vivisection Society, and contains fairly detailed demographic breakdowns (opposition is 73–88%). It is the only available poll that specifically addresses the issue of genetically modified (as distinguished from cloned) pets, and shows that this is even more unpopular, with 84% opposing it and only 12% approving it.

Endangered Species, Extinct Species and Livestock Poll Summary

After the first clone, there was speculation and polling about reviving extinct and endangered species as well as livestock. After a gap of a decade, a new publicity push led to new polling, showing continued opposition, albeit at slightly lower levels, which may partly be the result of different methodologies.

Cloning...
Date
Approve
Disapprove
Other
Mammoth/other extinct Jan 2014 27 55 18
Woolly mammoth Aug 2013 28 40 33
Woolly mammoth Jan 2013 31 46 23
Endangered species May 2002
38
58
4
Endangered species Feb 2002
29
64
7
Extinct species Feb 2002 20 72 8
Livestock Feb 2002
23
71
6
Endangered species Apr 2001
32
61
7
Extinct species Apr 2001 23 69 8
Livestock Apr 2001
27
66
7
Endangered species Jan 1998 32 61 7
Extinct species Jan 1998 19 73 8
Livestock Jan 1998 28 65 7
Endangered species Mar 1997 31 60 9
Extinct species Mar 1997 19 70 11
Livestock Mar 1997 28 62 6

The January 2013 YouGov poll also asked about cloning Neanderthals, with or without a human surrogate, opposed 63–17 and 66–15, respectively. The January 2014 YouGov/Huffington Post survey asked about "woolly mammoths and other extinct species" and distinguished between strong and "somewhat" approval and disapproval (8% strongly approved, 34% strongly disapproved).