SAVE commissioned a national opinion poll designed to probe persons’ views on Affirmative Consent policies.

The survey was conducted October 27 – 28, 2014. Over 600 persons participated in the telephone poll. The respondents consisted of 55.6% males and 44.4% females.

Many respondents agreed that consent to sex should be conscious, voluntary, and ongoing. But 6 out of 7 respondents had not heard of the California Affirmative Consent law, so it is questionable whether these persons held an opinion that was informed. When asked whether the government should have the “authority to determine how partners give their consent to sex,” 85% of respondents answered ‘No.