Polling

Poll after poll shows that the vast majority of Americans do not want their tax dollars funding abortion.  Below several recent polls whose findings show the public’s opposition to federal funding of abortion.

 


 

Susan B. Anthony List Nationwide Poll On

Government Funding for Abortion in Health Care Reform  

(September 2009, Conducted by Public Opinion Strategies) 

Key findings:

  • The Inclusion of Government Funded Abortions in the President’s Health Care Reform Plan Turns Off Five Times More Voters Than it Gains.  More than four-in-ten voters (43%) say they would be less likely to support the president’s proposed health plan if the government pays for abortions.  Intensity is strong, with over one-third (36%) of voters saying they would be much less likely to support the plan.  Forty-six percent (46%) say it would make no difference to their support for the president’s plan.  Only 8% say it would make them more likely to support the plan.
  •  58% of Americans disagree with the statement, “If the government is going to make a public health plan available for all Americans it has an obligation to provide abortion services under that plan.”
  •  55% of Americans agree with the statement, “Whatever my opinion on the issue, I think it would be wrong for the government to pay for abortions.”
  • 52% of Americans agree with the statement, “I do not want the government to help fund health care plans that fund abortions.”
  • By a ratio of two-to-one Democrats are less likely to support the president’s plan.  Twenty-five percent (25%) of Democrats are less likely to support the president’s plan if it contains abortion funding while only 12% say they would be more likely to support the president’s plan if it contains abortion funding.

 


 

Rasmussen Poll Shows Widespread Opposition to Government Funding of Abortion in Health Care Reform

(September 2009)

Key Findings:

  • 48% of Americans believe any government-subsidized health care plan should be prohibited from covering abortion procedures. 
  • Of those who are already opposed to the health care plan, 72% support prohibiting abortion coverage.
  • 13% of Americans surveyed believe government-subsidized plans should be required to cover abortion.
  • 58% of Americans say abortion is morally wrong, most of the time.
  • 52% of Americans say it is too easy to get an abortion.

A summary of the Rasmussen poll is available online

 


 

CNN Opinion Research Poll

(November 2009)

Key Findings:

  • 61% of Americans were opposed to using public funds for abortions when the woman cannot afford it
  • Only 37 % of Americans were in favor of of using public funds for abortions when the woman cannot afford it.

Full polling results here.

 


 

Quinnipiac University National Poll

(December 2009)

Key Findings:

  • 72% of Americans opposed funding abortions through any federally run health plan. Americans may want better health care, but not at the expense of promoting abortion.
  • Opposition to abortion funding includes 74% of political independents, the swing vote that determines U.S. election outcomes.

Full polling results are available here.

 


 

Susan B. Anthony List Votes Have Consequences Polling

(March 2010, Conducted by the polling company, inc.)

AR-04 Mike Ross

  • 72% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (68% strongly oppose)
  • 84% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (73% strongly oppose)
  • 73% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (61% strongly agree)
  • 65% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Ross if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (53% would be much less likely)

FL-02 Allen Boyd

  • 73% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (60% strongly oppose)
  • 75% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (61% strongly oppose)
  • 63% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (52% strongly agree)
  • 60% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Boyd if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (44% would be much less likely)

GA-12 John Barrow

  • 78% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (59% strongly oppose)
  • 76% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (58% strongly oppose)
  • 64% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (53% strongly agree)
  • 53% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Barrow if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (38% would be much less likely)

IN-02 Joe Donnelly

  • 80% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (66% strongly oppose)
  • 78% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (66% strongly oppose)
  • 70% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (58% strongly agree)
  • 60% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Donnelly if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (47% would be much less likely)

IN-08 Brad Ellsworth

  • 80% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (69% strongly oppose)
  • 81% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (71% strongly oppose)
  • 72% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (60% strongly agree)
  • 65% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Ellsworth if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (53% would be much less likely)

IN-09 Baron Hill

  • 77% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (67% strongly oppose)
  • 75% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (66% strongly oppose)
  • 72% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (61% strongly agree)
  • 61% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Hill if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (51% would be much less likely)

MA-02 Richard Neal

  • 63% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (46% strongly oppose)
  • 62% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (48% strongly oppose)
  • 56% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (43% strongly agree)
  • 47% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Neal if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (31% would be much less likely)

MI-01 Bart Stupak

  • 78% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (60% strongly oppose)
  • 77% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (60% strongly oppose)
  • 67% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (52% strongly agree)
  • 50% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Stupak if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (34% would be much less likely)

MI-05 Dale Kildee

  • 75% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (57% strongly oppose)
  • 75% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (57% strongly oppose)
  • 65% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (53% strongly agree)
  • 56% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Kildee if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (37% would be much less likely)

MN-08 Jim Oberstar

  • 73% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (61% strongly oppose)
  • 74% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (60% strongly oppose)
  • 68% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (54% strongly agree)
  • 56% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Oberstar if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (36% would be much less likely)

ND-AL Earl Pomeroy

  • 80% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (62% strongly oppose)
  • 79% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (62% strongly oppose)
  • 73% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (58% strongly agree)
  • 57% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Pomeroy if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (42% would be much less likely)

OH-01 Steve Driehaus

  • 73% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (61% strongly oppose)
  • 72% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (62% strongly oppose)
  • 64% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (52% strongly agree)
  • 55% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Driehaus if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (45% would be much less likely)

OH-06 Charlie Wilson

  • 80% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (65% strongly oppose)
  • 79% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (66% strongly oppose)
  • 74% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (61% strongly agree)
  • 64% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Wilson if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (51% would be much less likely)

OH-09 Marcy Kaptur

  • 67% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (52% strongly oppose)
  • 66% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (52% strongly oppose)
  • 61% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (45% strongly agree)
  • 47% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congresswoman Kaptur if she votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (38% would be much less likely)

OH-16 John Boccieri

  • 80% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (67% strongly oppose)
  • 79% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (67% strongly oppose)
  • 71% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (60% strongly agree)
  • 62% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Boccieri if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (50% would be much less likely)

PA-03 Kathy Dahlkemper

  • 79% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (64% strongly oppose)
  • 78% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (64% strongly oppose)
  • 69% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (58% strongly agree)
  • 65% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper if she votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (50% would be much less likely)

PA-04 Jason Altmire

  • 76% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (61% strongly oppose)
  • 74% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (63% strongly oppose)
  • 64% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (54% strongly agree)
  • 58% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Altmire if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (46% would be much less likely)

PA-11 Paul Kanjorski

  • 71% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (55% strongly oppose)
  • 68% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (55% strongly oppose)
  • 62% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (46% strongly agree)
  • 53% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Kanjorski if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (39% would be much less likely) 

PA-14 Mike Doyle

  • 65% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (46% strongly oppose)
  • 63% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (48% strongly oppose)
  • 52% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (40% strongly agree)
  • 44% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Doyle if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (27% would be much less likely)

RI-02 James Langevin

  • 80% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (66% strongly oppose)
  • 78% oppose taxpayer funding of abortions as part of healthcare reform (66% strongly oppose)
  • 53% agree that abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation (38% strongly agree)
  • 45% would be less likely to vote to re-elect Congressman Langevin if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion (34% would be much less likely)

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Susan B. Anthony List Votes Have Consequences Polling

(August 2010, Conducted by the polling company, inc.)

IN-Sen Brad Ellsworth

Head to Head: 50% Dan Coats, 35% Brad Ellsworth, 14% Undecided

  • 79% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (63% strongly oppose)
  • 73% are less supportive of the new healthcare law knowing that it will lead to taxpayer funded abortion (51% are much less supportive)
  • 66% believe Brad Ellsworth was wrong to betray his “pro-life” principles and vote for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (48% believe he was definitely wrong)
  • 49% will be less likely to vote for Brad Ellsworth after he voted for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (34% are much less likely)


PA-03 Kathy Dahlkemper

Head to Head: 46% Kathy Dahlkemper, 42% Mike Kelly, 11% Undecided

  • 74% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (60% strongly oppose)
  • 69% are less supportive of the new healthcare law knowing that it will lead to taxpayer funded abortion (50% are much less supportive)
  • 66% believe Kathy Dahlkemper was wrong to betray her “pro-life” principles and vote for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (49% believe she was definitely wrong)
  • 47% will be much less likely to vote for Kathy Dahlkemper after she voted for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (34% are less likely)

OH-01 Steve Driehaus

Head to Head: 51% Steve Chabot, 41% Steve Driehaus, 7% Undecided

  • 79% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (59% strongly oppose)
  • 69% are less supportive of the new healthcare law knowing that it will lead to taxpayer funded abortion (50% are much less supportive)
  • 67% believe Steve Driehaus was wrong to betray his “pro-life” principles and vote for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (52% believe he was definitely wrong)
  • 47% will be less likely to vote for Steve Driehaus after he voted for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (36% are much less likely)


IN-02 Joe Donnelly

Head to Head: 52% Joe Donnelly, 35% Jackie Walorski, 11% Undecided

  • 76% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (59% strongly oppose)
  • 69% are less supportive of the new healthcare law knowing that it will lead to taxpayer funded abortion (46% are much less supportive)
  • 67% believe Joe Donnelly was wrong to betray his “pro-life” principles and vote for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (52% believe he was definitely wrong)
  • 43% will be less likely to vote for Joe Donnelly after he voted for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (26% are much less likely)

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