Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Abortion Funding in Health Care Reform
by Steven Ertelt
September 10, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new national poll should give guidance to President Barack Obama and members of Congress who are trying to hide the taxpayer-funding of abortion contained in the current health care reform bills. The survey finds Americans strongly oppose government funding of abortions.
Conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, the new poll shows 43 percent of adult voters would be less likely to support a health care reform bill that funds abortions while just 8 percent would be more supportive.
Another 46 percent say it makes no difference to them whether abortion funding is present.
The poll found voter intensity is strong with over one-third (36%) of voters saying they would be much less likely to support the plan.
Public Opinion Strategies found 58% of Americans disagree with the statement, If the government is going to make a public health plan available for all Americans it has an obligation to provide abortion services under that plan. Just 38 percent support it.
The analysis shows 80 percent of Republicans disagree, 60 percent of independents disagree and 39 percent of Democrats disagree.
Another 55% of Americans agree with the statement, Whatever my opinion on the issue, I think it would be wrong for the government to pay for abortions," compared with 42 percent who don’t agree.
Broken down, 77 percent of Republicans agree along with 54 percent of independents and 38 percent of Democrats.
By a 52-44 percent margin, Americans agree with the statement, I do not want the government to help fund health care plans that fund abortions.
The bottom line is this: including government funds for abortion on-demand in health care reform is unappealing to American voters nationwide, women and men alike, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s group, told LifeNews.com.
This may be surprising to elites, but it is not to the rest of America. Americans realize pro-abortion feminists have dramatically overrepresented a minority position, misstating the centrality and need for abortion on-demand," she said.
The poll also found that opposition to public funding for abortions in the government-run health care plan transcends partisan politics.
Among Democrats who have an opinion about the inclusion of abortion in healthcare, 2 to 1 disapprove of abortion funding in health care. Twenty-five percent of Democrats are less likely to support the presidents plan if it contains abortion funding whereas just 12 percent are more likely to support the presidents pro-abortion plan.
Forty-four percent of independent voters are less likely to support a plan if it includes abortions.
Women voters do not support the inclusion of government-funded abortion in health care reform in higher numbers than men, the poll found. When broken down by gender, 44% of women and 41% of men are less likely to support the presidents health plan if it includes the government paying for abortions.
"If the Congressional leadership and the President fall on the sword of abortion coverage, pleasing their allies and weaving it into the fabric of our daily lives, they do so at the peril of the entire bill and their own political futures," Dannenfelser said.
She concluded: "Todays polling data offers the latest compelling reason for Congress to reject the Presidents health care proposal without authentic language to exclude abortion funding.
Public Opinion Strategies conducted the national survey of 800 registered voters August 30 September 1 and the poll has a margin of error of ±3.5%.
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