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Majority Support Roe v Wade

Posted Jan 17, 2013 at 8:56 AM by Maurice Berger

A just released survey by Pew Research reports that 63% of Americans are opposed to overturning Roe v Wade, the US Supreme Court's historic 1973 ruling on abortion; only 29% want it reversed.

Abortion Became A Central Issue In Some US Senate Races

Posted Nov 15, 2012 at 9:09 AM by Maurice Berger

CNN's analysis of exit polls in the state of Missouri conclude that abortion played an important role in Democratic US Senator Claire McCaskill''s ability to overcome her republican challenger, even though she entered the race as a clear underdog. CNN writes, "in Missouri, Republican Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin said in a local news interview that women have biological ways to avoid pregnancy after a "legitimate rape." Tuesday's early exit polls show 51% of Missouri voters say they believe abortion should be legal all or most of the time. Of those voters, exit polls show 76% supporting Akin's opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill while 19% voted for Akin. Forty-seven percent of Missouri's voters say abortion should be illegal. Exit polls show Akin takes 67% of this group's votes while 27% of people who think abortion should be illegal supported Sen. McCaskill."

The GOP Lost On Issues, Too

Posted Nov 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM by Maurice Berger

While much has been made of shifting demographics in this election cycle--and it is clear from exit polling that an uptick in African-American, Hispanic, and young voters and a decrease in white participation from 2008 made a big difference in the outcome--it is easy to forget that on the issues, the GOP lost as well. As NBC News' Mark Murray, reports: "For years, the GOP has branded itself as the party that supports low taxes (especially for the wealthy) and opposes abortion and gay marriage. But according to the exit polls from last week's presidential election, a combined 60% said that tax rates should increase either for everyone or for those making more than $250,000. Just 35% said the tax rates shouldn't increase for anyone."

Murray continues: "What's more, 59% said that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. And by a 49%-to-46% margin, voters said that their states should legally recognize same-sex marriage."

VA GOP Govenor's Approval Sinks

Posted Mar 22, 2012 at 1:30 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey by Quinnipiac reports that GOP Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's approval rating now stands at 53% to 32%--a drop of 13 points in his approval number since last month. Political Wire notes that "the change is almost entirely the result of a shift by women that occurred during the state legislature's debate over a new law that requires women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound examination."

Americans Evenly Divided On Abortion

Posted May 25, 2011 at 2:41 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new Gallup survey, "Americans are closely divided between those calling themselves "pro-choice" and those who are "pro-life," now 49% and 45%, respectively, in Gallup's 2011 update on U.S. abortion attitudes. This is similar to a year ago, when 45% were "pro-choice" and 47% "pro-life." However, it is the first time since 2008 that the "pro-choice" position has had the numerical advantage on this Gallup trend." Here is Gallup's trend chart: 1995-2011 Trend: U.S. Adults' Position on Abortion (Pro-Choice vs. Pro-Life)

Americans Reject Government Insurance Coverage For Abortion

Posted Nov 19, 2009 at 1:02 AM by Maurice Berger

In another sign that the nation may be growing somewaht more conservative of the issue of abortion, a new CNN/Opinion Research poll finds that 61% of "adults oppose using public funds to pay for abortions for women who may be covered by a government health insurance system, and 51 percent say women covered by private insurance should not have coverage that pays for abortion . . . 56% favor creating a federally run health insurance program to compete with private insurance companies, and 66 percent said state governments should not be allowed to decide whether the federal insurance would apply everyone in the state."

Nationally, Support For Abortion Drops

Posted Oct 09, 2009 at 2:36 AM by Maurice Berger

The latest Pew Research Center survey on abortion reveals a considerable decline in support for the procedure nationally: "Polls conducted in 2009 have found fewer Americans expressing support for abortion than in previous years. In Pew Research Center polls in 2007 and 2008, supporters of legal abortion clearly outnumbered opponents; now Americans are evenly divided on the question, and there have been modest increases in the numbers who favor reducing abortions or making them harder to obtain.  Less support for abortion is evident among most demographic and political groups. [The survey] also reveals that the abortion debate has receded in importance, especially among liberals. At the same time, opposition to abortion has grown more firm among conservatives, who have become less supportive of finding a middle ground on  the issue and more certain of the correctness of their own views on abortion."

Gallup: More Americans "Prof-Life" Than "Pro-Choice"

Posted May 15, 2009 at 1:36 AM by Maurice Berger

Are Americans' viewes on abortion becoming more conservative. Gallup reports 51% of Americans call themselves "pro-life" on the issue of abortion and 42% "pro-choice." According to Gallup: "This is the first time a majority of U.S. adults have identified themselves as pro-life since Gallup began asking this question in 1995. he new results, obtained from Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs survey, represent a significant shift from a year ago, when 50% were pro-choice and 44% pro-life. Prior to now, the highest percentage identifying as pro-life was 46%, in both August 2001 and May 2002. The May 2009 survey documents comparable changes in public views about the legality of abortion. In answer to a question providing three options for the extent to which abortion should be legal, about as many Americans now say the procedure should be illegal in all circumstances (23%) as say it should be legal under any circumstances (22%). This contrasts with the last four years, when Gallup found a strong tilt of public attitudes in favor of unrestricted abortion."