While debates continue in a number of US states over public initiatives similar to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, polling suggests that state funding in New Jersey would pass at at the ballot. "By a wide margin of 61-31 percent, New Jersey registered voters back a statewide bond initiative to raise $250 million for stem cell research ... Overall support for embryonic stem cell research on an unaided basis stood at a strong 68-24 percent. ... Most voters want to see stem cell research get a full opportunity to explore possible cures to such diseases as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and others." As always, take polls for what they are worth. I have reservations about public funding and legislation, but the level of public support for medical research to cure age-related conditions is encouraging.