Poll Shows Americans Favor Pro-Life Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad by 2-1 Margin
by Steven Ertelt
February 5, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — When CBS airs a Super Bowl commercial produced by Focus on the Family that honors Tim Tebow and his family for their pro-life convictions, the ad will have the support of a majority of Americans. By a 2-1 margin, a new Marist College poll finds strong support for the commercial.
The Super Bowl ad, and a second more revealing one that will air four times during the pre-game coverage, will focus on the story of Tim Tebow’s birth.
As most Americans know by now, Pam Tebow suffered from dysentery and entered into a coma during her pregnancy with Tim. She refused a doctor’s advice that she consider an abortion because of the medication she was receiving.
Tebow was born and he went on to take the Florida Gators to the national championship and win the Heisman Trophy.
The poll surveyed 1,003 Americans and asked: "A pro-life, pro-family commercial sponsored by the advocacy group Focus on the Family will air during the Super Bowl. It features a Heisman Trophy winner, Florida Gators Quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother. Do you agree or disagree with the decision by CBS to air this commercial during the Super Bowl?"
Some 60 percent of Americans agreed with CBS’ decision to air the ad while just 30 percent said no and 10 percent were undecided.
Republicans were more likely to say they agreed with showing the pro-life ad (on a 71-21 percentage point clip) but Democrats (55-38 percent) and independents (58-31 percent) were supportive as well.
People who live in the South (63-30 percent), and Midwest (60-27 percent) were most supportive of the ad although residents of the northeast (59-30) and West, (57-33%) also supported the ad.
The Marist College poll found men and women equally supportive of the Focus on the Family commercial with 61 percent of men agreeing with CBS to show the ad and 30 percent saying no while women split 60-30.
As other polls have revealed on abortion itself, younger Americans display the most pro-life values.
Those 18-29 supported the ad by a large 77-19 percentage point margin, and those 30-44 backed it 63-28 percent. Older Americans were less supportive with those 45-59 agreeing with CBS to show the spot on a 58-32 percent margin and people 60 or over agreeing on a 51-37 percent split.
Lower-income Americans were more likely to support the pro-life commercial while those with college degrees with barely more supportive than their non-college peers.
USA Residents A pro-life, pro-family commercial sponsored by the advocacy group Focus on the Family will air during the Super Bowl. It features a Heisman Trophy winner, Florida Gators Quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother. Do you agree or disagree with the decision by CBS to air this commmercial during the Super Bowl? Agree Disagree Unsure Row % Row % Row % USA Residents 60% 30% 10% Registered Voters 60% 31% 9% Party ID Democrat 55% 38% 7% Republican 71% 21% 8% Independent 58% 31% 10% Ideology Liberal 53% 38% 9% Moderate 54% 37% 9% Conservative 72% 22% 6% Region Northeast 59% 30% 11% Midwest 60% 27% 13% South 63% 30% 7% West 57% 33% 10% Household Income Less than $50,000 65% 26% 10% $50,000 or more 57% 36% 7% Education Not college graduate 60% 29% 10% College graduate 61% 31% 8% Age 18 to 29 77% 19% 4% 30 to 44 63% 28% 9% 45 to 59 58% 32% 10% 60 or older 51% 37% 12% Gender Men 61% 30% 9% Women 60% 30% 10% February 2010 Marist Poll National Residents "N=1072 MOE +/- 3%" Totals may not add to 100 due to rounding.
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