Pro-Abortion Group’s Efforts Flop, Hillary Clinton Drops Among Iowa Women

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 3, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Group’s Efforts Flop, Hillary Clinton Drops Among Iowa Women Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 3,

Des Moines, IA ( — A new poll in Iowa not only shows Hillary Clinton losing support to Barack Oabama but it shows female Democrats prefer the pro-abortion Illinois senator over Clinton. The poll results are surprising given the fact that Emily’s List, the wealthiest pro-abortion group in the nation, launched a major election effort on her behalf.

As twice reported, Emily’s List started a campaign last month to rally women voters in Iowa around Clinton.

Emily’s List unveiled a new web site and promoted it online via ads on leading search engines and on web sites women view such as those on yoga or health issues.

But a new Des Moines Register poll shows the campaign apparently isn’t working.

Barack Obama has pulled ahead in the Iowa Democratic caucus and leads for the first time in the Register’s poll with the support of 28 percent of Democrats, up from 22 percent in October.

Clinton gets the support of 25 percent, down four percent from her 29 percent showing before the Emily’s List campaign began.

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who also backs abortion, stayed at 23 percent in both Register surveys.

Surprisingly, the telephone survey of 500 likely Democratic caucusgoers found Obama leads with support from 31 percent of women likely attend the caucuses, compared to 26 percent for Clinton.

Before Emily’s List undertook its campaign on her behalf, Clinton was the preferred candidate of 34 percent of women caucusgoers, compared to 21 percent for Obama.

That’s a significant change considering women represent 60 percent of likely caucusgoers in Iowa.

Obama also leads with younger voters — a group Emily’s List targeted in order to get new pro-abortion activists to vote in the caucuses on Clinton’s behalf.

He enjoys the support of 48 percent of Democrats under 35 years old while Clinton has the backing of only 19 percent.

Obama leads among first-time caucusgoers and those who say they definitely will attend the caucuses.

"We are playing in Iowa as a pro-Hillary group,” Emily’s List spokeswoman Maren Hesla told Politico as the campaign unfolded. “That is what our focus is on here.”

"It will be substantial and you won’t be able to escape it," Hesla said of the pro-abortion group’s efforts — though it appears their pro-abortion effort to rally Clinton supporters has fallen on deaf ears.