by Steven Ertelt
October 16, 2004
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A Time magazine poll conducted on Thursday and Friday gives President Bush a small lead in the upcoming presidential election. It also shows that a majority of those surveyed are pro-life and that abortion supporters are more likely to back John Kerry.
The Time poll showed the race for the White House deadlocked at 48 percent for President Bush and 46 percent for John Kerry. That’s a change from the last Time poll during the debates showing the candidates tied at 45 percent each.
The poll shows some interesting results when it comes to the issue of abortion and stem cell research.
According to the poll, 54 percent of voters take a pro-life position opposing more than 97% of all abortions while only 44 percent support legal abortion.
More specifically, 9 percent say abortion should be illegal under any circumstances while 45 percent said virtually all abortions should be illegal — supporting them in only the very rare instances of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is in danger.
Meanwhile, 44 percent said that a woman should be able to get an abortion for any reason during the first three months of pregnancy.
The Time poll showed that 60 percent of pro-abortion voters backed Kerry while only 28 percent supported Bush.
The survey also shows that John Kerry is attracting voters who agree with destroying human embryos for research.
More Kerry supporters (70 percent) support using federal taxpayer dollars to pay for the unproven research than Bush backers (just 32 percent).
The Time Magazine poll was conducted by telephone October 14-15, 2004 among a random sample of 1131 adults throughout America. The random sample includes 1000 reported registered voters and 865 likely voters.