Blacks, Young Adults Least Likely to OK Planned Parenthood

Opinion   |   Jennie Stone   |   Jan 16, 2012   |   12:37PM   |   Washington, DC

An eye-opening nationwide survey from research analyst Kevin Quinely to the Susan B. Anthony List reveals that the groups Planned Parenthood targets—namely those under the age of 35, blacks, and lower-income people—are the least likely to support their government funding.

The question was simple: “Should Tax Dollars for Family Planning Go To Organizations that Perform Abortions?”

“Polling questions that include just the name ‘Planned Parenthood’ and exclude the word ‘abortion’ are incomplete and misleading,” states Kellyanne Conway, the CEO of the polling company, inc./WomanTrend.

The majority of respondents (54%) opposed granting tax funding to abortion-performing family planning groups, with 43% noting that they are “strongly” opposed to it. In contrast, just 20% of respondents noted that they would “strongly” support taxpayer funding for such groups. Interestingly, 26% of pro-choice respondents rejected giving taxpayer dollars to abortion-providing organizations.

54% of respondents under the age of 35 voted against allowing abortion providers access to government funding. In fact, the only age group that voted majority to support taxpayer funding of abortion providers was between 35-44.

Black respondents voted in opposition to granting taxpayer dollars to abortion groups 62% of the time.

Respondents making an income of $35,000-$50,000 annually opposed giving tax dollars to abortion-providing organizations 60% of the time, and those making less than $35,000 a year opposed such a motion 62% of the time.

Interestingly, those making $75,000-100,000 annually voted in favor of granting abortion groups taxpayer money 57% of the time, and those making $100,000 or more were in favor of it 53% of the time.

“It’s fashionable for elites to support Planned Parenthood,” said Kelsey Hazzard of Secular Pro-Life. “Lower-income people who see things on the ground know that Planned Parenthood is bad for their communities.”

The margin of error for this poll is +/- 3.1%.

According to their latest annual report, Planned Parenthood raked in $487 million in 2010—a whopping 46.5% of their income is now from taxpayer dollars. In contrast, Planned Parenthood’s private contributions dropped over 27% between 2009 and 2010, in which they saw an $85,000,000 decline. They’re losing advocates, and they know it. Note: Jennie Stone writes for the Live Action blog and this column is reprinted with permission.