A firm majority of voters–57 percent–oppose the Texas policy that made the injections mandatory unless a parent or legal guardian requested that they not receive them. The requirement has been vigorously defended by Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, who is battling Bachmann for the Republican presidential nomination; he has said he would err on “the side of life” in the fight against the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Bachmann has suggested that the vaccine causes mental retardation, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contends there’s no evidence of that.
The results of the survey appear in the latest installment of the United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll. Those surveyed denounced the Texas policy of requiring girls entering the sixth grade to receive vaccinations against the disease.