Pro-Life Evangelicals Won’t Vote for Pro-Abortion Candidate for President

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 19, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Evangelicals Won’t Vote for Pro-Abortion Candidate for President

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 19,

Washington, DC ( — A new CBS News poll has bad news for pro-abortion Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. It shows that Americans who self-identify as evangelical voters are strongly pro-life and will not support a pro-abortion candidate for president.

The poll, released on Friday, find 79 percent of evangelical voters take one of three pro-life positions opposing abortion.

They either oppose all abortions, all abortions except those rare one to save the life of the mother, or support abortions only in the rare cases of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life.

But the poll also asked, "Is it possible you would ever vote for a candidate who does not share your views on social issues like abortion."

Some 60 percent of self-described evangelical voters said no while just 29 percent said they would consider backing a pro-abortion candidate.

Americans in general take a 50-41 percentage point split with 41 percent saying they would not vote for someone with a contrasting view on abortion.

The CBS News poll also asked evangelical respondents "How important will social issues such as abortion be in your vote for president next year — extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not too important?"

Among evangelicals, 74 percent said abortion was important to their vote with 42 percent saying abortion is extremely important and 32 percent saying it is very important.

Only 16 percent said abortion is somewhat important to their presidential vote and just 8 percent said abortion is not too important to them.

Among Americans in general of both parties, 45 percent said abortion is extremely or very important and 54 percent said it is somewhat or not too important.