The results of a new CBS News poll do not bode well for abortion activists who champion the feminist label.
Women are shying away from the feminist label, which often is associated with abortion on demand. In addition, the poll found that less than one in three women plans to vote in the mid-term elections.
The poll, commissioned by CBS and the pro-abortion women’s website Refinery 29, asked more than 2,000 women about various political matters, including feminism, the midterm election and abortion.
In the 18-35 age group, 46 percent of women described themselves as feminists, while just 34 percent of women over 35 did, and 54 percent of all women polled did not.
The poll also found that, for some women, the feminist label has a negative connotation.
Of the younger demographic, over twice as many Democrats (63%) identify as feminist as Republicans (29%); just under half of Independents (48%) label themselves feminists.
CBS found that while over two-thirds (69%) of Democratic women and 58% of Independents associate feminism with “political, economic and social equality among the sexes,” only 39% of Republican women do. Republicans “are more likely than Democrats and independents to associate the term with blaming men for women’s challenges,” CBS notes.
In addition, just 30 percent of women said they definitely plan to vote in the midterm elections, with 19 percent saying they probably will.
Also interesting, the poll found strong distrust of the news media, with 68 percent saying they almost never or only sometimes can trust the media to provide accurate information. Strong majorities also indicated limited trust in President Donald Trump, and Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
The poll included some disappointing results as well in regard to the abortion issue. A majority of women said abortions should be legal in all or most cases, and do not want Roe v. Wade to be overturned. However, the poll included more Democrats and Independents than Republicans, and it did not explain that Roe v. Wade allows abortion for basically any reason up to birth, both of which affect abortion polling numbers.