by Steven Ertelt
January 24, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll finds that a majority of Americans oppose including coverage of abortion in any universal health care plan put forward by presidential candidates. Pro-life advocates say the results are a warning to pro-abortion candidates such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama that their health care initiatives should be abortion-neutral.
The scientific survey by Wilson Research Strategies asked 801 likely voters if they would be more or less likely to support a presidential candidate who "proposed a national health care plan with universal coverage of abortion at taxpayer expense."
A clear majority of voters (56%) signaled that they would be "less likely" to vote for a presidential candidate proposing universal abortion coverage compared to (31%) who
would be "more likely" to support such a candidate.
Intensity runs strongest among those opposed to the idea, with 45% indicating they would be "much less likely" to vote in favor of a candidate whose plan forced taxpayers to pay for abortion, compared to 19% who would be "much more likely" to endorse such a candidate.
Opposition to universal abortion coverage crossed nearly every demographic including sex, race, region, and age.
Tony Perkins, the president of FRC Action, which sponsored the poll, told LifeNews.com, "Presidential candidates should take notice."
"Americans oppose the resurrection of anything similar to Bill Clinton’s 1993 health care plan which required employers and employees to finance elective abortions," he said.
"If they hope to capture the support of ‘independent’ voters, a bloc critical to any campaign’s success, they would be wise to make clear their opposition to universal abortion coverage," he said.
The poll found independent voters of all ages and each sex would be less likely to vote for a candidate that proposed a national health care plan with universal coverage of abortion at
Although a majority of Democrats would support a candidate that proposed a national health care plan with universal coverage of abortion at taxpayer expense, the support is soft with just 51 percent supportive.
Women do not support abortion in universal health care.
Women aged 55 or older are the most opposed to such coverage (59% are less likely to vote
for a candidate endorsing it) while the majority of (51%) of women aged 18-54 are less likely to support such a candidate.
Only voters in New England states would be more likely to support a candidate who wants abortion in a health care plan.
Related web sites:
Family Research Council Action – https://www.frcaction.org