California Poll Shows Split on Parental Notification for Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 25, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 25, 2005

Sacramento, CA ( — A new poll shows California residents split on a November ballot initiative that would require abortion practitioners to notify the parents of a minor girl considering an abortion before the abortion could be performed. Previous polls showed a small majority favored the proposal.

The new survey, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California finds 44 percent of state residents backing Proposition 73 and 48 percent opposing it — which is just outside the two percent margin of error. Some 8 percent were not sure how they would vote.

However, pro-life groups say the wording of the polling question is biased. It says abortions are "prohibited" until the notification requirement has been completed and the question claims the measure would cost the state "several million dollars annually."

Other polls show support for Proposition 73.

A June Field Poll found some 48 percent of California voters back the proposal while 42 percent oppose it.

In the PPIC poll, Democrats are responsible for most of the opposition (60% oppose, 34% support), while Republicans account for most of the support (61% support, 31% oppose). Independents are closely split (45% support, 47% oppose). Two in three conservatives would vote yes, while three in four liberals would vote no.

Supporters outnumber opponents in the Central Valley and Other Southern California, while Los Angeles voters are divided and a majority of San Francisco Bay Area voters are opposed.

According to the poll, women were slightly more likely than men to oppose the parental notification requirement and Latinos were slightly more supportive than white voters. Voters with children were more supportive of the abortion notification proposal as were frequent churchgoers.

Some 50 percent of those polled said the outcome of the vote was important to them, 33 percent said it was somewhat important and 14 percent said it was not important. Those who back the notification requirement are more likely to say the vote is important.

Findings of the PPIC survey are based on a telephone survey of 2,004 California adult residents interviewed between August 8 and August 15, 2005.

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