by Steven Ertelt
December 22, 2004
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Since exit polling in the presidential election showed that a significant percentage of voters cast their votes based on moral value issues, pro-life groups have made the case that President Bush was helped in his victory over John Kerry because of the abortion issue.
A new nationwide Harris Poll shows they appear to be right.
The survey found that 45 percent of voters believe that moral values were very important in deciding which candidate to support. However, almost twice as many Bush voters (59%) than Kerry voters (30%) cited moral values as their top concern.
Some 35 percent of voters said values issues were somehwat important while just 12 percent said they were not very important and only 8 percent saying they were not at all important.
When asked what they meant by moral values, voters were significantly more likely to name pro-life views as opposed to support for abortion. Fifteen percent of moral values voters cited opposition to abortion as the values issue while just two percent cited backing abortion.
Also, Bush values voters were more likely to cite the importance of a pro-life position on abortion (22%) than Kerry values voters (3%).
Eight percent of values voters cited the abortion issue in general as their top values concern, with nine percent of Bush values voters naming it and four percent of Kerry values voters.
Looking at those who named either pro-life views, abortion in general, or support for abortion, some 25% of values voters cited abortion issues as their top values concern.
Overall, values voters who cited abortion issues broke 70-30 percent in favor of President Bush.
Though Kerry used the stem cell research issue against Bush, four times as many Bush values voters named it as the reason they backed their candidate.
The Harris Poll surveyed 1,833 U.S. adults who voted in the 2004 presidential election surveyed online by Harris Interactive between December 8 and 15, 2004.