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Here comes another wave of misleading polls to mislead the public about abortion

by | Jul 2, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

As you would expect, with the looming possibility that Justice Anthony Kennedy would announce his retirement (which he did last week), pro-abortion organizations began cranking out “research” to “prove” that the public is in love with abortion and, in fact, is more likely to vote for a pro-abortion candidate than a pro-life candidate.

Enter “Kaiser’s June Health Tracking Poll: Women’s Issues.”

There are lots of questions asked, but we’ll focus on two.

The first went this way.

“As you may know, the 1973 Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade established a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion. Would you like to see the Supreme Court overturn its Roe v. Wade decision, or not?”

To its credit, Kaiser’s query is much fairer than Pew’s blatant misrepresentation. Last year Pew asked

“In 1973 the Roe versus Wade decision established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, at least in the first three months of pregnancy. Would you like to see the Supreme Court completely overturn its Roe versus Wade decision, or not?”

Of course, the decision made abortion legal throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. Geez, guys.

Asked either way, you “push” a negative response whenever you pose the question as overturning a “constitutional right.”

Kaiser got the response it wanted. Sixty seven percent did not want to overturn Roe to 29% who did.

A much more accurate question would ask it this way:

“As you may know, the 1973 Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade abolished the abortion laws of all 50 states, allowing for an unlimited right to abortion throughout pregnancy. Would you like to see the Supreme Court overturn its Roe v. Wade decision, or not?”

A second question asked by Kaiser

“Are you more likely to vote for a candidate who supports access to abortion, wants to restrict access to abortion services, or does a candidate’s position on this issue not make a difference in who you vote for?”

Supports access to abortion received 42%

Restrict access to abortion services garnered 29%

Makes no difference received 26%

First of all, for decades the candidate who is pro-life always receives more votes among single-issue voters than the pro-abortion candidate. It just is a fact.

Second, what if you asked this question?

“Abortion providers receive hundreds of millions of dollars each year from the federal government. Would you be more or less likely to support a candidate who wants that money reallocated to full service community health centers that do not provide abortions or does a candidate’s position on this issue not make a difference in who you vote for?”

Expect to see much, much more of this kind of slanted, biased “polling data.”

Categories: Abortion