As is customary for a mainstream media outlet, Politico spun the results of its new poll question on abortion pretty much 180 degrees.
“When it comes to abortion rights, however, midterm voters are more aligned with Democrats than with Republicans: 54 percent say they support the right to an abortion either with no restrictions (19 percent) or some restrictions (35 percent),” they claimed. “Forty-five percent said there should be either a near-total abortion ban with some exceptions (34 percent) or a total ban on the procedure (11 percent).”
Without looking at the numbers, a pro-lifer’s heart might sink by that news. But indeed, check out those numbers:
In actuality, pro-life Republicans have the backing of 80% of Americans who vote (i.e., who matter), 35% of whom support such common sense and compassionate measures as parental notification and a 20-week abortion ban, both of which Democrats largely oppose.
Another 34% of likely voters would take that a big step further and support “[a] nearly total ban on abortion,” and 11% would support making abortion illegal, period.
So Democrats have the support of only 19% of likely voters.
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Furthermore, 70% of voters think abortion is an important issue in choosing a candidate to support, which also bodes poorly for Democrats.
Shame on Politico for such an overt display of bias.