by Steven Ertelt
November 2, 2005
Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) — Though two previous polls show the statewide measure for parental notification on abortion leading by a wide margin, a new Field Poll suggests voters will reject Proposition 73.
The Field Poll released the results of surveys on both Tuesday and today and the latest one shows the pro-life measure failing by a 49 to 41 percent vote.
Three older Field Poll surveys found the number of people supporting Proposition 73 between 45 and 48 percent and those opposing it between 43 and 45 percent. This most recent poll is the first to show the Proposition may be defeated.
"Voter preferences on this issue are highly partisan and ideological, and a big gap exists between men and women," the polling company said.
The results are quite different from a poll conducted in late October by Survey USA which found 60 percent of California voters back Proposition 73 while just 38 percent oppose it.
While the Field Poll shows the number of voters supporting the measure decreasing, Survey USA found it increasing with 59 percent supporting it two weeks beforehand.
The Survey USA poll from late October found women backed the measure by a 60 to 38 percent margin but the Field Poll released today notes, "Voter preferences on this issue are highly partisan and ideological, and a big gap exists between men and women."
Opponents of Proposition 73 have raised $3 million to fund television ads against it.