MSNBC Misleadingly Claims Polls Show Most Americans Support Abortion

National   |   Brad Wilmouth   |   Aug 22, 2018   |   10:49AM   |   Washington, DC

On Tuesday’s MSNBC Live, fill-in host Chris Jansing displayed the latest example of liberal journalists picking up on misleading polling on how much Americans support abortion, as she spoke with a group of pro-life activists who are lobbying Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill to vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Even though, as previously documented by NewsBusters, a Marist poll from this year found that an overwhelming majority of Americans support restrictions that would not be allowed under the Roe v. Wade decision, Jansing pressed the group of women that she spoke with on the issue.

At 9:43 a.m. Eastern, after the women were seen declaring that they were optimistic about public opinion moving in their direction on restricting abortion, Jansing replied: “Polls show a majority of Americans are for the right for a woman to choose. What do you say to them?”

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In fact, a Marist poll in January found that 76 percent of Americans support banning abortion after the first trimester, and more than half seemed open to a ban across all nine months except in extreme circumstances.

Other polling has found almost 70 percent of Americans open to a law that protects unborn babies after a heartbeat can be detected. Note: Brad Wilmouth is a news analyst for the Media Research Center and a graduate of the University of Virginia. This column originally appeared on the NewsBusters web site and is reprinted with permission.