California Poll Shows Pro-Life Carly Fiorina Leading Pro-Abortion Barbara Boxer

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 13, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

California Poll Shows Pro-Life Carly Fiorina Leading Pro-Abortion Barbara Boxer

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 13
, 2010

Sacramento, CA ( — A new poll from SurveyUSA is the first to show pro-life California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina leading pro-abortion Sen. Barbara Boxer. The race is one of about 10-12 that could determine whether pro-life Republican leaders are able to wrest control of the Senate from pro-abortion Democrats.

Boxer is trailing the Republican challenger by two points, 47-45 percent, in the survey of likely voters released late Monday.

Fiorina has been closing in on Boxer’s lead over the last several polls form different polling firms, so the new SurveyUSA results are not surprising.

In a statement on its poll, the firm says Fiorina benefits from more Democrats supporting her candidacy than Republicans who back Boxer. And independent voters back the pro-life candidate 49-40 percent.

"Twice as many Democrats cross-over to vote Republican as Republicans who cross-over to vote Democrat. The Republican has an ever-so-slight advantage in Greater Los Angeles and in the Central Valley," SurveyUSA said.

Looking at voters based on abortion, 71 percent of pro-life voters are behind Fiorina while 22 percent support Boxer, who is considered one of the most extreme pro-abortion members of Congress — even supporting partial-birth abortions and forcing taxpayers to fund them.

Of pro-abortion voters, 59 percent favor Boxer and Fiorina is getting the support of 32 percent, showing the crossover appeal she has.

Fiorina carries the Inland Empire 2:1 while Boxer carries the Bay Area 2:1.

Men favor Fiorina on a 53-41 percent margin while Boxer holds a 49-41 percentage point lead among women. Younger voters favor Boxer but Fiorina captures the 35-49 and 65+ age categories. White voters back Fiorina 51-42 percent while blacks favor Boxer 60-33 percent, Hispanics back Boxer 52-39 percent and Asians are relatively split.

Just one day after Fiorina cruised to an easy victory to capture the Republican nomination, Boxer and her pro-abortion allies went on the attack.

In a state where voters have rejected a modest proposal to allow parents to know when their minor daughters are considering an abortion, Boxer hopes to use abortion as a means of keeping her job that polls show is tenuous.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Boxer said Fiorina’s views are out of step with most California voters.

“She wants to make it a crime, and that would mean women and doctors in jail,” Boxer said. “That is so out of touch with Californians.”

When the Times asked Fiorina about Boxer’s comment, she replied, “That’s a ridiculous statement.”

“I happen to believe in the sanctity of life, but the great majority of Californians disagree with Barbara Boxer, who believes that taxpayers should be funding partial-birth abortion,” Fiorina said.

“Barbara Boxer is really trying to change the subject. The subject in this election is jobs. The subject in this election is out-of-control government," she added.

Meanwhile, Emily’s List, the radical pro-abortion group that only endorses candidates who support partial-birth abortions and forcing taxpayers to fund abortions, took a shot at its pro-life counterpart, the Susan B. Anthony List.

Fiorina has been endorsed by SBA and by National Right to Life.


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