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New Abortion Poll with Dishonest Headline

by | Sep 12, 2018

By Right to Life of Michigan

Republicans divided over abortion,” the headline reads. The Hill teamed up with a sister company of the Harris Poll for a survey on the topic of abortion.

The major takeaway, in their mind, is that Republicans are “evenly split” on abortion: 20% of Republicans polled said abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, 51% said it should be legal in cases of rape, incest, and the mother’s life is at risk, 20% said it should be legal in the first and second trimester, and 9% said abortion should be legal at any point for any reason.

According to their characterization of the survey, Democrats are “merely divided” on abortion. 12% of Democrats say abortion should be illegal under all circumstances, 32% said it should be legal in limited circumstances, such as rape, incest, and life of the mother, 31% said abortion should be legal up until the third trimester, and 25% said it should always be legal.

Republicans are not only far more pro-life than Democrats, but in fact, are less divided than Democrats.

How can the article so blatantly contradict the data? The authors are pulling a bait and switch using Roe v. Wade, with it being the hot topic as Judge Brett Kavanaugh inches closer to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Because of dishonest media narratives and downright legal and historical ignorance, a lot of people believe abortions are only legal before viability/third trimester because of Roe v. Wade and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton. According to the poll, using that metric, only 29% of Republicans and 56% of Democrats agree with Roe v. Wade (45% taken together).

That ought to be the headline, right there: “55% of Americans Would Ban Most Abortions.”

Sadly, many Americans don’t see clearly about the issue of abortion and rape yet, but those exceptions—along with the life of the mother—count for a tiny amount of abortions. Less than 1 percent of abortions are because the woman is pregnant from sexual assault. Well more than 90% of abortions are for purely social and economic reasons.

Through dishonesty or ignorance, the journalists reporting on this poll are deceiving Americans about what Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton did.

Who again is more divided?

Pro-life people should be encouraged, because a majority of Americans are on their side about Roe v. Wade, and the abortion industry can only hold on to the status quo by straight-up deceiving people. They know being honest about abortion is a losing proposition for them.

Here are some other groups in the poll who would ban more than 90% of abortions:

  • Women: 53%
  • Young adults ages 18-35: 56%
  • Hispanics: 59%
  • Asians: 71%
  • People without high school degrees: 60%
  • College graduates: 53%
  • Independents: 51%

The only demographic groups in the poll with a majority believing abortion should be generally legal in the 1st and 2nd trimester are:

  • The “Silent Generation” (born before WWII): 53%
  • People with post-graduate education: 57%
  • Democrats: 55%

In other words, old college professors are abortion’s key demographic, not young women.

Categories: Polling