Poll: N.C. Voters Strongly Oppose HB 36 - Safe Surgery NC

Poll: N.C. Voters Strongly Oppose HB 36


This article was written by PR Newswire and the news was provided by NCSEPS. 

RALEIGH, N.C., March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Almost nine out of 10 North Carolina voters oppose legislation that would allow eye-care providers who have not been to medical school to perform eye surgery, a new statewide public opinion poll found.

According to the poll, conducted for the North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, 86 percent of likely N.C. voters oppose House Bill 36, which would let optometrists perform more than 200 kinds of eye surgery with lasers and scalpels. Among Republican voters statewide, 90 percent oppose HB 36.

When told that optometrists could perform eye surgery after attending only a 32-hour training course, 91 percent of likely voters oppose the proposed legislation, the poll found. Among Republicans, opposition rose to 95 percent.

And 91 percent of likely voters statewide – including 93 percent of Republicans – believe patients deserve the best and safest surgical care possible from qualified medical doctors and surgeons, according to the poll, released today.

“We know where the public stands on House Bill 36 – overwhelmingly opposed everywhere, across all demographics,” said Dee Stewart, a partner in Strategic Partners Solutions, a Raleigh public affairs firm. “Republicans, Democrats, and unaffiliated voters of both genders and all ages strongly oppose this bill.”

Meanwhile, according to the poll, North Carolina voters say health care is the second most important issue facing their community, after the economy and ahead of education, crime, and House Bill 2 (also known as “the bathroom bill”).


Publication: PR Newswire

Date Published: March 21, 2017

HB36 is a dangerous bill before the North Carolina General Assembly. If passed, HB36 will enable Optometrists, who did not attend medical school, the ability to perform eye surgery within our state.