by Steven Ertelt
November 3, 2004
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — As polls taken before the presidential election indicated, President Bush fared better with voters on the abortion issue than John Kerry.
Exit polls also showed what many expected before the election — that pro-life voters were more energized behind the president than pro-abortion voters were behind Senator Kerry.
According to exit polls taken by a consortium of media outlets following Tuesday’s election, 22% of voters cited moral values, such as abortion, as the most important issue on which they based their vote.
Despite the focus on the economy, terrorism and war in Iraq, moral issues were cited by more Americans as their top priority.
Of those voters, Bush received the support of 80 percent while Kerry received the backing of only 18 percent.
On the issue of abortion, Kerry fared well with voters who said abortion should be always or mostly legal. He captured the former group by a 73-25 percent margin and the latter by a 61-38 percent majority.
However, pro-life voters more strongly backed the president.
Some 73 percent of those who said abortions should be mostly illegal backed Bush while just 26 percent supported Kerry. Meanwhile, 77 percent of Americans who believe abortions should always be illegal supported the president and only 22 percent voted for Kerry.
"After a long election night, the evidence is mounting that value voters have given President George W. Bush a second term," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.
Mat Staver, president of the Liberty Council, a pro-life law firm, said Bush had a "clean sweep" on moral issues like abortion. He said the sanctity of human life was a "real winner" this election.