Poll: John McCain Would Lose 10 Percentage Points With Pro-Abortion VP
by Steven Ertelt
August 28, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new ABC News poll finds presidential candidate John McCain would lose as much as 20 percent of his support should he select a pro-abortion running mate. With such a decision adding him the backing of just 10 percent of voters, McCain would suffer a net loss of 10 percent.
The poll underscores the importance for pro-life voters and most Republicans of picking a pro-life running mate such as Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, told LifeNews.com that the results show "a clear sign that the senator’s longtime pro-life stance is a winning one."
Of current McCain supporters, 20 percent in the ABC News/Washington Post poll say they’d be less likely to vote for him if he picked a candidate for vice president who favors abortion. Just 10 percent would be more likely.
Breaking down the numbers further, 27 percent of conservatives say they would be less likely to support McCain and just 3 percent more likely. Among evangelical voters, the split is larger — with 29 percent saying they would be less likely to support McCain and just six percent more likely.
Among pro-life voters who oppose all or most abortions, there is a 32 percent net drop-off for McCain with a pro-abortion nominee.
Surveying all voters, McCain would ultimately lose the support of 10 percent of Americans by choosing someone who didn’t share his pro-life views on abortion.
Even among independent voters who say they may be tempted to change their vote from Obama to McCain, there is a net loss of 16 percent for picking a pro-abortion running mate.
While pro-life voters would abandon McCain in droves, just 6 percent of pro-abortion voters would be more likely to support McCain with a pro-abortion running mate and only 18 percent of those who are the most strongest pro-abortion voters would consider changing their vote.
The poll also found 19 percent of voters would be less likely to vote for McCain with Joe Lieberman as his running mate and just 12 percent more likely. Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge would cost McCain 6 percent.
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