Slight majority oppose distributing condoms in schools - 213 participants

Oct 02, 2016

At a recent board meeting at Stevens High School in Claremont, members conducted a first reading of a draft policy to establish guidelines for a condom distribution program. According to the proposed policy, the school nurse would distribute condoms and provide education and information regarding their appropriate use to students whose parents gave permission to participate in the program. Read more about this issue. On October 2, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH schools implement condom distribution programs?”

“Should NH schools implement condom distribution programs?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Condom Distribution in Schools Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 213 participants gave 561 responses

A total of 83% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 17% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, this question received 561 responses from 213 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A slight majority, at 55% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to implementing a condom distribution program in schools.

  • “Why is school doing the parent’s job? The state is overreaching once again.”
  • “Kids can purchase them at Walmart. There is no need for the taxpayer to provide them at schools.”
  • “How about schools teaching some morals instead of handing out condoms and saying go have fun?”

Yes:  The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 45%, were in favor of implementing a condom distribution program in schools.

  • “School is where the kids congregate and are accessible in large numbers and it would be most productive to have condoms at school where they spend the majority of their time.”
  • “Kids have sex. Make it easier to be safe, please.”
  • “I’d rather put my tax dollars towards a condom, instead of a single mother needing government assistance.”

Other: As noted above, 17% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Responsibilities of parents: “Parents should buy [condoms] and provide other forms of birth control, as well as sex education.”
  • Sexual behavior: “There would be less teen pregnancy if people didn't shame having sex.”
  • School curriculum: “There's enough fictitious information taught in school without adding religion into the mix.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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