By Dave Andrusko
NRL News Today has written dozens and dozens of stories debunking the wholly imaginary Republican “war on women.” Pro-abortionists will push this button until election day, even though there is no evidence it is redounding to the benefit of the commander in chief of the REAL war on women, President Obama.
But that doesn’t keep Obama’s legion of media admirers from trying to spin polling results in a favorable light. For example, the Kaiser Family Foundation produced a poll the results of which Reuters headlined today, “U.S. women see assault on reproductive rights: poll,” and the National Journal headlined, “Women Fear Efforts to Control Reproductive Rights: Poll.”
In fact the poll showed nothing of the sort, as the more accurate headline in the Los Angeles Times had it: “Poll: Little interest in women’s issues on the campaign trail.”
So what did the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll, conducted May 8-14 among 1,218 adults, ages 18 and older, find?
Only 31% women (and 25% of men) believe there is currently a “wide-scale effort to limit women’s reproductive health choices and services, such as abortion, family planning, and contraception.” Just 36% of Democratic women bought into this paranoid delusion and 31% of women who describe themselves as Independents.
As several women around the NRLC office noted, a headline that reads “A Third Of Women Fear Efforts To Control Reproductive Rights,” could also be written (and more fairly and accurately), “Seven in Ten Women do not fear efforts to Control Reproductive rights.”
The Times’ Noam N. Leavey noted that the economy is the issue at the top of the electorate’s concerns. “Only 2 percent of registered female voters named ‘women’s issues’ as a top priority in this year’s campaign,” Leavey writes. “If abortion is included, that number rises only to 5 percent.”
(Because history bears this out, it is worth mentioning that in the polling taken the day of the election, you will routinely find that (a) abortion played a larger role that pollsters had anticipated; and (b) among single issue voters, those who voted for a candidate because he or she is pro-life will far outnumber those who voted for a candidate because they were “pro-choice.”)
But buried in the poll and the stories is a fact of life that the KFF has long minimized—the level of opposition to ObamaCare. “The share of the public with a favorable view of [ObamaCare) dropped 5 percentage points this month, with unfavorable view of the law now outnumbering favorable ones by a small margin (44 versus 37 percent),” The KFF grudgingly conceded.
In fact other points have consistently shown much more opposition to ObamaCare, including a desire to repeal the law. As Rasmussen Reports explained last Monday
“Most voters still want to repeal President Obama’s national health care law as they have consistently in regular surveys since it was passed by Congress over two years ago.
“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law while 39% are at least somewhat opposed.
“Those figures include 43% who Strongly Favor repeal and 25% who are Strongly Opposed.”
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