Planned Parenthood Poll Claims Women Don’t Trust Palin on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 6, 2010   |   12:26PM   |   Washington, DC

A new poll commissioned by Planned Parenthood claims women trust the abortion business on the issue of abortion more than they trust pro-life potential presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Planned Parenthood relied on Democratic pollster Hart Research Associates for the survey, obtained by Politico, showing voters side with the abortion business over Palin.

The survey asked the question Democratic pollster Hart Research Associates and found, for all women voters, 58 percent trust the abortion business and 22 percent trust Palin. Among independent women, the poll claims just 12 percent trust Palin more on women’s health issues like abortion.

The survey also alleges 43 percent of all voters say Palin is “out of step” with their views on the issues while 31 percent say she is in line with their beliefs.

Palin has been outspoken on the issue of abortion and her new book talks about her pro-life views at length and the birth of her son Trig, who has Down syndrome. She has also frequently talked before pro-life groups at fundraisers and educational events.

According to Politico, the survey had an even partisan makeup and a 3.5 percent margin of error.

The numbers from the poll are sparking serious doubt within pro-life circles in part because it also found 74 percent of those surveyed oppose abstinence education even though most every poll commissioned by nonpartisan polling outfits shows anywhere from 70-90 percent support abstinence education.

The poll also revealed 74 percent oppose higher taxes on insurance plans covering abortions — even though numerous surveys during the ObamaCare debate found two-thirds or more opposed taxpayer funding of abortions under the health care plan.

Politico indicates the survey also found 56 percent of voters don’t know that incoming House Speaker John Boehner is pro-life on the issue of abortion.

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, contends the survey shows Americans side with her organization opposing any efforts to roll back federal funding for abortions or her abortion business.

“The message of the poll is that unlike the new leadership in the House, the vast majority of American voters clearly support taking proactive steps to prevent unintended and teen pregnancy, such as providing real sex education to young people and making birth control affordable and available,” she said. “The incoming leadership of the House should take heed that Americans clearly don’t want their elected officials imposing new ideological restrictions on women’s health and rights.”