Polls: Voters in Districts of Pro-Life Democrats Oppose Pro-Abortion Health Care
by Steven Ertelt
March 4, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Susan B. Anthony List today released the results of new polls showing the voters who live in the districts of key pro-life Democratic members of Congress oppose funding abortion in the health care bill. The polls are designed to encourage the members to vote no on the Senate health care bill.
The poll surveyed congressional districts in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio represented by pro-life Democrats who voted for the Stupak Amendment, which prohibited abortion funding in the House version of the bill.
At least three-in-five voters in these eight congressional districts agreed that Abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation. Additionally, more than 70% of voters agreed in four of the districts surveyed (Ohio-06, Ohio-16, Indiana-08, and Indiana-09).
At least two-thirds of voters in each Congressional District opposed using tax dollars to pay for abortions and in all districts majorities strongly opposed. Furthermore, in three districts opposition reached 80% (Ohio-06, Ohio-16, and Indiana-08)
In each district, voters were more apt to reject, rather than embrace, a candidate who votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion. Majorities of voters in seven of the eight districts said they would be less likely to support a candidate knowing he or she cast a vote for this type of legislation.
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews.com these polling results have serious implications for the health care bill.
These pro-life Democratic representatives face a stark choice: either they are heroes in the face of tremendous pressure, or they are the ultimate betrayers, she said.
In these districts, voters reflect national pro-life trends, and they expect their values to be translated into public policy. This intensity will translate on Election Day," Dannenfelser continued.
"That means pro-life members must vote no on the senate bill, or any bill that allows abortion funding under the guise of healthcare. The Susan B. Anthony List will be there to back up pro-life members who maintain their principled stand. If they don’t, we will make sure the voters know before Election Day," she said.
Initial indications from top pro-life Democratic stalwart Rep. Bart Stupak are that his group of pro-life Democrats are ready to kill the Senate health care bill over its massive abortion funding and other problems.
Dannenfelser said the result of the poll will provide a guide for the SBA List as it takes its grassroots campaign to new states to urge voters to ask their lawmakers to vote against the pro-abortion bill.
"These poll results will drive our investment in the next wave of pro-life grassroots mobilization in the Midwest," she said.
The Susan B. Anthony List has committed $500,000 toward a new three week campaign of mobilization efforts in the congressional districts polled this week.
Already the SBA List has spent over $1 million to leverage the pro-life grassroots in key districts through 800,000 letters and petitions to Congress, 1.3 million automated calls, 60,000 patch-through constituent calls, targeted television and radio advertisements, and two regional media tours in pro-life Democratic districts.
Other polling data of voters nationwide has consistently shown Americans oppose federal funding of abortions under the health care bill.
A January Quinnipiac University poll found 67 percent of Americans oppose funding abortions with government funds under the government-run health care bill pending in Congress. https://www.lifenews.com/nat5880.html
The new survey asked: "Do you support or oppose allowing abortions to be paid for by public funds under a health care reform bill?"
Some 67 percent of respondents said no while just 27 percent sided with President Barack Obama and pro-abortion groups favoring abortion funding.
Prior surveys also show Americans oppose abortion funding in health care.
A November survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found a 55% majority of Americans say that abortion should not be included as a guaranteed medical benefit if the government health care reform plan passes.
That follows a CNN poll showing 61 percent of Americans saying abortion funding should not be included.
Conducted by International Communications Research from September 16-20, another poll showed 67 percent of those surveyed opposed requiring people to pay for abortion coverage through their taxes.
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.
Related web sites:
Susan B. Anthony List – https://www.sba-list.org
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