Florida and Wisconsin Voters Favor Pro-Life Candidates Over Abortion Backers
by Steven Ertelt
August 27, 2010
Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — Voters in Florida and Wisconsin favor the pro-life candidates in races for governor over abortion advocates competing in the two states. The new numbers come from Rasmussen Reports polls released today of likely voters in both competitive 2010 election states.
In Florida, the first Rasmussen survey following Tuesday’s primary election finds Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink in a close contest, with Scott leading.
Scott, who is running as a pro-life candidate, earns the support of 41% of likely voters while Sink picks up 36% of the vote. Independent Bud Chiles runs a distant third with eight percent, five percent like another candidate and 9 percent are undecided.
Earlier this month, prior to the primary, Scott posted a 35% to 31% lead over Sink, the states chief financial officer who faced only token opposition in Tuesdays Democratic primary and who supports legalized abortion.
Chiles, who has worked in the non-profit sector and is the son of a former Democratic governor, picked up 16% support at that time, and the new poll shows his support is moving to the major party candidates.
When leaners, those who initially indicate no preference for either of the candidates but answer a follow-up question and say they are leaning towards a particular candidate, are included in the new totals, the race is even tighter, with Scott barely ahead of Sink 45% to 42%. Chiles support drops to four percent.
In Wisconsin, both GOP hopefuls in the state’s gubernatorial contest run just slightly ahead of Democrat Tom Barrett, who supports abortion.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of likely voters shows former Congressman Mark Neumann picking up 48% support while Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, earns 44% of the vote. Seven percent like another candidate or are undecided.
Scott Walker, who in earlier surveys has been the slightly stronger GOP candidate against Barrett, now leads the Democrat by a 47% to 44% margin, with 8 percent undecided or liking another candidate.
Walker, the county executive of Milwaukee County, held a 49% to 41% lead over Barrett two weeks ago. The Republican reached 50% for the first time in late July. Walker has earned between 46% and 50% in match-ups against Barrett since February, while the Democrat has earned between 40% and 44% support during that time.
Support for Neumann is up three points from earlier this month and is the highest measured for the candidate since polling of the race began in February. The two men were in a virtual tie two weeks ago. Prior to the latest results, Neumann has picked up 43% to 47% of the vote against Barrett, who has earned 39% to 46% in those match-ups.
The survey was taken before the two Republicans sparred in a debate Wednesday night.
Barrett has no strong opposition for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Voters in both parties will pick their nominees in September 14 primaries.
In Florida, Scott, a businessman, ran as a pro-life candidate during the campaign and Florida Right to Life gave him an "A" grade and recommended him to voters.
"I am pro-life. I believe strongly in the sanctity of human life. I believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned, and as governor, would appoint judges who apply the law and not impose their political agenda on the people, which was what was done in 1973 when Roe was wrongly decided," he says in an audio file on his web site.
Scott also says he disagrees with the recent decision by pro-abortion Gov. Charlie Crist to veto a bill that would have allowed women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn child before an abortion.
"As governor, I would have signed the pro-life ultrasound legislation that has passed both house of the Florida legislature and was vetoed by Charlie Crist for political reasons," he said. "This important legislation not only demonstrates that abortion is the taking of an innocent human life but also prevents Florida taxpayers from funding abortion through the federal health care plan that recently passed Congress."
In Wisconsin, in July, Wisconsin Right to Life issued endorsements for both Walker and Neumann — whom Pro-Life Wisconsin has endorsed as well.
"Both Scott Walker and Mark Neumann have a deep and abiding respect for the value of human life," said WRTL PAC chair Bonnie Pfaff.
She added, "The election of either of these exceptional candidates would greatly contribute to building a culture of life where the most vulnerable members of the human family are welcomed and protected."
Wisconsin Right to Life legislative director Susan Armacost chimed in and added, "If people care about protecting human life, they shouldn’t vote for Tom Barrett."
"Barrett is a pro-abortion James Doyle re-run magnified on right-to-life issues. Barrett voted pro-abortion throughout his entire legislative career including keeping minor girls abortions a secret from parents and keeping partial-birth abortions legal. Radical pro-abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood can always rely on Barrett to support its deadly agenda and have given him their enthusiastic endorsement," Armacost continued.
Barrett benefited from two pro-abortion fundraisers featuring Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business.
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