Poll: Backers of Tim Tebow Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad Best Opponents by 15%

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 7, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Poll: Backers of Tim Tebow Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad Best Opponents by 15%

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 7
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A second poll covering the Tim Tebow pro-life ad that Focus on the Family will air later today indicates supporters of the commercial outnumber opponents. However, the numbers in the new Rasmussen poll vary considerably from a Marist poll showing 2-1 support for the ad.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 45% of Americans who plan to watch Super Bowl XLIV agree with CBS’ decision to run a pro-life advertisement featuring Tebow during today’s game.

Another 30 percent disagree with the decision to run the ad prepared by Focus on the Family and another 25 percent are unsure.

The Marist Poll published this past week showed 60 percent of Americans agreed with CBS’ decision to air the ad while just 30 percent said no and 10 percent were undecided.

Rasmussen’s poll showed 51 percent of men who plan to watch the Super Bowl agree with the decision to broadcast the ad while women are split 40-34 percent.

That, too, differed with the Marist poll figures showing 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.

The Rasmussen survey, published today, showed 57% of those who watch professional football more than once a week support CBS’ decision to run the Tebow ad.

It also found 54% of Indianapolis Colts fans agree with the network’s decision, compared to 41% of New Orleans Saints fans.

Focus on the family has prepared two ads — one version airing before the Super Bowl and one during the game — which tell the story of Tim Tebow’s birth. His mother, Pam Tebow, was advised by a doctor to consider an abortion because she was taking heavy medication after suffering from dysentery during a missions trip to the Philippines.

Pam Tebow refused and Tebow went on to become the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who led the Florida Gators to become the NCAA college football national champions.

However, pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood, NARAL and NOW attacked the ad and generated considerable controversy and attention for it.

The Rasmussen poll found that 49% of Super Bowl watchers say they have followed news stories about the ad at least somewhat closely. But 50% say they haven’t followed the news about it closely, if at all.

Super Bowl viewers 30 to 49 are much more supportive of CBS allowing the commercial to than those in any other age group, according to Rasmussen; but, the Marist poll found younger Americans were the most supportive.

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