Cardinal Dolan Outpaces PPFA President Richards in TIME’s 100 “Most Influential”

By Dave Andrusko

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Last week we encouraged National Right to Life News Today readers to vote in TIME magazine’s annual poll on the year’s “most influential figures across all fields, from politics to tech to pop culture,” as TIME described their cross-section. Good news: Cardinal Timothy Dolan came in a very respectable 17th place just ahead of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. The numbers ebbed and flowed as interested parties (like us) encouraged their followers to vote.

But there is more to the results than meets the eye. Readers were given the option of checking one of two boxes for candidates: Should the candidate “definitely” be on, or “no way” they should be on.

PPFA President Cecile Richards

Lost in the rankings is that while Cardinal Dolan affirmatives were a little less than 4,000 more than Ms. Richards’ (42,796 to 38,942), his negatives were roughly only half of hers (23, 653 compared to 45,395).

Put another way, Richards had more “no ways” than she did “definitely be on” while Cardinal Dolan had almost twice as many “definitely be on” as  “no way.”

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