A new poll for National Right to Life conducted by The McLaughlin Group finds that a pro-life candidate who would allow abortion in cases of rape, incest, and to save the mother’s life would beat a candidate favoring unlimited abortion for any reason.
In the poll of 1,000 voters taken September 16-22, 2022, respondents were asked to choose between a pro-life candidate who would allow abortion in cases of the life of the mother, rape, or incest and who opposed taxpayer funding of abortion, and a candidate who would allow unlimited abortion for any reason paid for with tax dollars – an extreme position advocated by the Democratic party platform
A total of 47.1% said they would vote for the pro-life candidate compared to just 44.2% who would vote for the pro-abortion candidate.
Respondents were also asked to choose between a pro-life candidate who would allow abortion in cases of the life of the mother, medical emergencies, rape, or incest and who opposed taxpayer funding of abortion and a candidate favoring unlimited abortion for any reason paid for with tax dollars.
In this case the pro-life candidate prevailed 49.3% to 42.1%.
The pro-life candidate in the latter case mirrored the provisions of legislation recently passed in West Virginia and Indiana. Neither piece of legislation contained any penalties for the mother.
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In each case the pro-life candidate took a position typical of Republican candidates running for office, while the candidate favoring unlimited abortion took a position typical of Democratic candidates.
“As has been the case for decades, pro-life candidates enjoy a distinct advantage over their pro-abortion challengers,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “These poll results underscore the importance of pro-life candidates clearly articulating their position while making sure voters understand the extreme position of their pro-abortion opponent. ”
The polling toplines can be read here: https://www.nrlc.org/uploads/communications/mclaughlin092322.pdf