Poll: Majority of
Americans Oppose Government Funding of Abortion in Health Care Reform
Today the Susan B. Anthony
List announced the results of a nationwide
poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on government funding
for abortion in health care reform.
"The bottom line is this: including
government funds for abortion on-demand in health care reform is
unappealing to American voters nationwide, women and men alike," said
Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List.
may be surprising to elites, but it is not to the rest of
Americans realize pro-abortion feminists have dramatically
overrepresented a minority position, misstating the centrality and
'need' for abortion on-demand. If the Congressional leadership
President fall on the sword of abortion coverage, pleasing their allies
and weaving it into the fabric of our daily lives, they do so at the
peril of the entire bill and their own political futures. Today's
polling data offers the latest compelling reason for Congress to reject
the President's health care proposal without authentic language to
exclude abortion funding."
Full poll results and analysis are
available on the Susan B. Anthony List website at www.sba-list.org/poll.
Key findings of the poll include:
* The Inclusion of
Funded Abortions in the President's Health Care Reform Plan Turns Off
Five Times More Voters Than it Gains. More than four-in-ten
(43%) say they would be less likely to support the president's proposed
health plan if the government pays for abortions. Intensity is
with over one-third (36%) of voters saying they would be much less
likely to support the plan. Forty-six percent (46%) say it would
no difference to their support for the president's plan. Only 8%
it would make them more likely to support the plan.
* 58% of Americans
the statement, "If the government is going to make a public health plan
available for all Americans it has an obligation to provide abortion
services under that plan."
* 55% of Americans
agree with the
statement, "Whatever my opinion on the issue, I think it would be wrong
for the government to pay for abortions."
* 52% of Americans
agree with the
statement, "I do not want the government to help fund health care plans
that fund abortions."
* Among Democrats
concerned about the inclusion of abortion in healthcare, 2 to 1
disapprove of abortion funding in health care. Twenty-five
(25%) of Democrats are less likely to support the president's plan if
it contains abortion funding. Less than half that number (12%)
likely to support the president's plan if it contains abortion funding.
Download the Public
Opinion Strategies Polling Data and Analysis (.pdf)
Download the Printable Version of the SBA List
Contact: Joy Yearout
B. Anthony List
Date: September 10, 2009
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