In May 2007, the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) released a survey conducted on its behalf by Zogby International that purports to show broad public support for abstinence-only education.

  • The survey’s questions are biased and misleading and its findings should not be cited as accurately representing public opinion. The survey relies on outright falsehoods in its representation of abstinence-only education, for instance giving the false impression that abstinence-only programs provide balanced and complete information about contraception.
  • In contrast, polls that accurately describe the content of different sex education programs consistently find that Americans strongly support comprehensive sex education that both promotes abstinence and protective behaviors—and that parents overwhelmingly oppose the extreme abstinence-only-until-marriage approach promoted by the NAEA.