Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Michael J. Fox Effect

I always liked the guy, even when he was Alex Keeton.

According to Political Wire:

A new national study revealed that voters' support for stem cell research
"increased after they viewed an ad featuring Michael J. Fox in which he
expresses his support for candidates who are in favor of stem cell research."Key finding: "Republicans who indicated that they were voting for a Republican candidate decreased by 10% after viewing the ad (77% to 67%). Independents planning to vote for Democrats increased by 10%, from 39% to 49%."Real-time responses of those who participated in the survey are also available.

1 comment:

David W. Keelan said...


I must admit. I don't know of a single person who objects to stem cell research either.

I do think though that one must distinguish what the arguement is really about.

Embryonic Stem Cell research.

Mr. Fox, who I greatly admire (especially as Keaton) never once defines the real issue in his ad. I find that sad. I listened to his video three times to make sure.

He never once mentioned that Talent opposes Embryonic Stem Cell research. He says that Talent opposes expansion of stem cell research without ever defining what that means. Viewers are left with the impression that Talent opposes stem cell research. That is not true.

If Mr. Fox had defined "expansion" I think that the debate Mr. Fox' comments sparked would be different.

As you know embryonic stem cell research is fraut with a number of ethical and moral concerns. Most people know that as well. Mr. Fox would have better served the public by making that distinction.