Abortion on demand, throughout pregnancy, without any limits. That’s the radical view Hillary Clinton holds. But new polling data shows just 17 percent of millennials have the same views on abortion as the Democratic presidential candidate.
Today, Students for Life of America released data from a new poll taken earlier this year that measured how Millennials feel about abortion and taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood following the Center for Medical Progress videos exposing the abortion giant selling the body parts of aborted babies.
The polling found just 17% of millennials agree with Hillary Clinton’s extreme stance on abortion.
The new poll comes just one day after Hillary said she would “always stand with” the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
“We wanted to see where millennials stood at this point in time – nearly a year after the Center for Medical Progress videos were released and Planned Parenthood was forced to defend their barbaric practice of profiting off of the sale of baby body parts and being just months away from the next presidential election,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America.
“Planned Parenthood would have the nation believe that young women are fighting with them on their extreme abortion agenda but that’s not the case,” said Hawkins. “Planned Parenthood only has 275 campus groups and Students for Life has 1,043. Additionally, we have found that only 17% of millennials hold the extreme view on abortion – that it should be legal at any time for any reason – as Hillary Clinton, who Planned Parenthood militantly supports.”
The polling indicates a branding problem for the pro-life label as well, where millennials either don’t know what it means or they don’t want to be associated with it for one reason or another. While the data showed 53% of millennials agree that abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances, only 36% of the millennials we polled consider themselves pro-life all or some of the time. That’s a huge gap between those who think abortion should be illegal all or most of the time and those who identify as pro-life.
“The abortion industry recognized this problem with the pro-choice brand years ago and has sought to discard that label for fluffier ways to describe their affiliation as pro-abortion (‘women’s health’ ‘reproductive rights’),” said Hawkins. “Over the past 10 years, the image of the pro-life movement has trended younger and more mainstream, but the ‘pro-life’ brand still carries an image with which many people don’t want to associate themselves, despite their views on abortion.”
The polling and subsequent white papers on the data is an initiative of Students for Life’s newly-launched Institute for Pro-Life Advancement which is committed to researching the best ways to communicate our philosophically and scientifically-sound opposition to abortion and win this generation for the pro-life movement, especially those who see abortion as morally wrong but do not think it should be illegal.
Links available below to specific data and white papers:
- Views of Millennials on Abortion and the Brand of the Pro-Life Movement
- Views of Millennials about Planned Parenthood
- Polling Data
The study on which these findings are based was conducted via a survey with an online panel from February 2 to 10, 2016. A total of 803 interviews were conducted with a nationally representative sample of adults 18 – 31. The sample error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points at the 95-percent confidence level. Survey commissioned by Students for Life of America and conducted by the Barna Group.