by Steven Ertelt
August 22, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Hillary Clinton is pro-abortion and the only female candidate pursuing a bid for the White House in either party. If abortion advocates are correct, Clinton has the women’s vote locked up — yet a new poll shows that women don’t necessarily support her and that her pro-abortion views are a turnoff.
The respected Polling Company firm conducted a survey with 600 women voters of both parties from August 15-20.
The poll revealed that Hillary’s positions on abortion were at odds with a majority of American women.
Some 64 percent of women voters would be less likely to vote for a presidential candidate who voted against the partial-birth abortion ban — a measure Clinton voted against on four occasions.
Sixty-eight percent of women voters are less likely to vote for a presidential candidate who supports taxpayer-funded abortion — something Hillary Clinton adamantly supports.
And 73 percent of those polled said they would be less likely to vote for a presidential candidate who voted against a law that would have made it a criminal act for an adult to take a girl younger than 18 years of age across state lines to get an abortion without her parents’ knowledge.
Clinton twice voted against a Congressional bill to do just that.
“Clinton needs women voters to win, yet her extreme abortion policies remain out of step with the majority of American women," Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, told LifeNews.com about the poll.
"The feminist lobby may support her radical positions, but in the real and bigger world of women voters, Clinton’s extremism fails to translate into votes. Hillary needs more in common with women voters than anatomy," Dannenfelser added.
The poll also found that women voters are ready for a woman candidate for president — even if Hillary Clinton isn’t the right woman for the job.
More women than not could not vote for Hillary Clinton, the Polling Company survey found.
About 30 percent of the women polled would vote for a woman in the 2008 election if given another female choice besides Clinton. Another 16 percent said they would back a woman but not until a future presidential election and seven percent said it would be more than one election before they would consider a female candidate.
Just 40 percent of those polled said they would consider voting for Clinton, though they didn’t commit to voting for her.
“Considering how miserably Clinton does among male voters, she should be concerned that the ‘sisterhood’ is not rallying to her side either,” said Dannenfelser. “Women may be ready to vote for a female president, but Hillary Clinton doesn’t fit the bill."
Additionally, the poll showed Hillary lacks the “charisma and natural charm of her spouse,” and the number of women who regard her as “personable” was less than the four percent margin of error.
Perhaps most damaging to the legitimacy of Clinton’s candidacy was when women were asked to cite anything that comes to mind when they think of Hillary Clinton.
Twenty-eight percent said, “she was married to Bill Clinton.” And only 6 percent cited any policy position of hers.
“This finding is a major blow to feminists who would agree that a woman should be elected to the White House on her own merits,” Dannenfelser concluded.
Related web sites:
Susan B. Anthony List – https://www.sba-list.org