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Latest Rasmussen Report find highest percentage since 2014 who say abortion is morally wrong

by | Nov 28, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Rasmussen Reports rarely, if ever, finds the same level of pro-life support as, say, Gallup. So it is not surprising that the results of a new Rasmussen survey, released today, “finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters consider themselves pro-choice on the issue of abortion, while 42% say they are pro-life,” a gap of 10 points.

Gallup’s latest (2015) found self-identified pro-choicers ahead by 50% to 44%–a six point difference. However a nationwide poll taken November 8 by the Polling Company found 47% self-identified as pro-life and 47% self-identified as pro-choice.

Three points to keep in mind.

First, support for abortion. As we have explained many, many times, when you combined those who say abortion should be “legal only in a few circumstances” (37%) with illegal in all circumstances (19%), you have 56% who say abortion should not be legal at all or (to quote Gallup) “should generally be rare, occurring in only a few circumstances.”

Second, the morality question. According to Rasmussen, 50% believe abortion is morally wrong most of the time, up four points from April 2015. This is the highest finding since mid-2014. Thirty-four percent consider abortion morally acceptable in most instances, unchanged from the previous survey. Seventeen percent are undecided.

Third, as a voting issue. In 2016, the advantage remained with the pro-life candidate. Note that in exit polls, 56% of those who voted for Trump said it was the most important factor, compared to 41% for Hillary Clinton–a huge difference and indicative of how significant the next appointments to the Supreme Court are to the pro-life community.

Here’s a different way to approach the significance of the abortion issue. In May of this year, Gallup asked, “Thinking about how the abortion issue might affect your vote for major offices, would you …

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23% of pro-lifers would vote only for a pro-lifer compared to 17% of pro-choicers who would only vote for a pro-choice candidate. Note also that only 22% of pro-lifers do not see abortion “as a major issue” compared to 32% of pro-choicers.

The media collectively huffed and puffed that the election of pro-life Trump would be awful. The irony is this only help solidify pro-life support behind Trump.

Categories: Polling