by Steven Ertelt
October 25, 2004
Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — A new poll published Monday by The Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times shows the parental notification ballot measure in Florida continuing to attract strong support.
Some 64 percent support Amendment 1, the proposal that would let the state legislature approve a bill requiring abortion businesses to notify parents of teenager girls considering an abortion. Only 28 percent opposed the ballot issue and 8 percent remain undecided.
Support for the measure crosses all political and socioeconomic lines.
Some 77 percent of black Florida residents support the measure. Only 37 percent of Democrats, the highest percentage of any group, oppose the notification requirement.
A Mason-Dixon poll earlier this month revealed 57 percent of Florida residents backed the parental notification measure while only 27 percent opposed it.
In that poll, support for the pro-life measure ran across party lines and received support from both men and women.
Republicans overwhelmingly backed the notification requirement by a 75 to 16 margin and Democrats also supported it 42 to 39 percent, according to the Mason-Dixon poll. Independents were 51 percent in favor and only 24% opposed, with one-quarter undecided.
Men and women support the abortion measure by similar margins with men favoring it 58-27 percent and women 56-27 percent.
Abortion advocates, led by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, previously sued to get the pro-life measure off the ballot entirely. The claim the language is vague and inaccurate by saying that teens’ rights will be restricted rather than teens being protected.
Similar laws in other states have reduced the number of abortions on teenagers by as much as 30 percent.
The new poll interviewed 800 Florida voters who identified themselves as likely to vote in next week’s election. It was conducted form Tuesday through Thursday last week and has a 3.5 percent margin of error.