by Steven Ertelt
November 3, 2005
Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) — A new poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times newspaper shows a majority of California voters favor Proposition 73 to require parental notification for abortion. The poll is making it appear that a Field Poll released earlier this week is an anomaly because it showed voters opposing it.
According to the Times poll, released Wednesday, 53 percent of voters support the constitutional amendment while just 39 percent oppose it.
The poll makes one released by the Field Poll earlier this week look like a deviation from where voters really stand on the abortion vote. Their poll showed the pro-life measure failing by a 49 to 41 percent vote.
However, the Times appears to be in line with prior polls and one by Survey USA in late October found 60 percent of voters backed the measure.
Proposition 73 communication director Stan Devereux told the Associated Press the Times poll gels with their own internal surveys showing the pro-life measure up 10 points among voters. He said whichever side turns out the most voters will have the better chance of winning.
"There’s a lot of factors at play right now like voter fatigue and motivation of the base," Proposition 73 communication director Stan Devereux said. "The other side has an uphill climb, their message is harder to connect."
The Times poll found 60 percent of men support Proposition 73 while women are evenly split. Two-thirds of those who actively attend church services support the measure and is popular with Republicans and older California voters.
"A parent should be involved with a minor’s decision on that," poll respondent Paula Maine, 46 told the interviewers.
The poll also found California is still a pro-abortion state as 58 percent said abortion should be legal in most cases while 39 percent said it should not.