CNN Hides Poll Showing Strong Opposition to Pro-Abortion Health Care Law

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 3, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

CNN Hides Poll Showing Strong Opposition to Pro-Abortion Health Care Law

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 3
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — CNN is coming under fire for holding back the results of a poll it conducted weeks ago showing strong opposition to the pro-abortion health care law President Barack Obama signed. Not only does the poll show opposition, but had CNN polled likely voters opposition would have been higher.

The survey of over 1,000 adults nationally was conducted two weeks ago, but CNN withheld the health care results until Wednesday.

It released the results of other questions a week ago and appeared to hold the information so it could be released with questions showing more positive polling numbers for Obama, whose approval ratings are at the bottom of the barrel.

According to CNN’s poll just 43 percent of Americans are in favor of the health care scheme Obama signed that includes massive abortion funding and rationing concerns. A much higher 56 percent of Americans oppose it, yielding a -13 percent rating.

Ed Morrissey, a conservative writer at HotAir, said a big "question is why CNN chose to hold off the release of this question for almost two weeks."

"A week ago, the news network released data on the immigration law from the same survey. The older the data, the less relevant it is," he explained. "CNN appears to have wanted to pair it with results that showed support for the Obama administration — in this case, on financial regulation reform."

Morrissey notices CNN doesn’t mention the health care results until the eighth paragraph of its release of the polling data.

"CNN still hasn’t released the entire survey, showing the sampling demographics and especially the partisan split in the sample. After almost two weeks, one has to wonder why," he writes.

Meanwhile, Morrissey also complains that CNN chose to survey adults in general — instead of registered or likely voters, which would have provided better results about the feel of the American electorate heading into the November elections.

"A poll of adults is the least predictive sample for elections. Polling likely voters gives politicians a much more predictive look at voting behavior than registered voters, and a general adult population sample is relatively worthless when other pollsters provide the more predictive sampling techniques," the conservative writer said.

As such, Morrissey says Obama and his pro-abortion allies should be worried because the 56-43 percent disapproval of pro-abortion health care is likely worse when it comes to voters who will show up in November.

"In fact, general-population polls tend to skew too far toward liberal policies and politicians — so this isn’t good news at all for Obama and his health-care plan supporters," he concluded.


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