Of those dissatisfied, twice as many want laws stricter than looser
By Dave Andrusko
Let’s say you’re a hard-core partisan pro-abortionist who has made a living insisting that support for pro-life legislation is the province of a tiny segment of “anti-choicers” drastically out of step with the public.
Pro-lifers have always known otherwise, but never was that truth more obvious that scanning through the results of a Gallup poll released today.
Rebecca Riffkin’s headline is neutral—“Fewest Americans Satisfied With Abortion Policies Since 2001.” It takes a patient reader to find out that the public’s dissatisfaction is not that the laws are too “strict,” but that the laws aren’t strict enough!
Americans who say they are dissatisfied with current abortion policies were asked a follow-up question to learn if they are dissatisfied because they want current abortion laws to be stricter or less strict. This year, of those who are dissatisfied, twice as many prefer stricter rather than less strict laws: 24% want stricter laws, while 12% want current abortion laws to be less strict. [my emphasis]
(Wouldn’t you like to know what another 12% who said they were dissatisfied with abortion laws but said the laws should “remain the same” were thinking?)
Overall, only 34% of a random sample of 804 adults, aged 18 and older, said they were satisfied, the lowest since 2001 when Gallup first asked the question. Let’s break it down
· Republicans, not surprisingly, are the least satisfied. Only 21% are satisfied, down 8 points from a year ago.
· 46% of Democrats but only 36% of Independents were satisfied with current U.S. abortion policies.
What would a typical pro-abortionist think? Tara Culp-Ressler’s way of handling this bad news was not to explore what the Gallup results means about the state of public opinion but simply to complain that Republicans will introduce even more pro-life legislation. But, then again, what else could she say? They are on the wrong side of history.
As you think about the Riffkin story, clearly the reader is supposed to come away with two conclusions: that Republicans are even less supportive of current abortion policy than Independents and that with respect to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, “many independents and Democrats, both of whom are more likely to be satisfied with current abortion laws, may have issues with new legislation, especially if it makes abortion laws more strict.”
What to say?
First, true, more Republicans than Independents are dissatisfied, but that is only by comparison. Only 36% of Independents are satisfied—not even 3 in 8. That is a big negative for pro-abortionists.
But, second, of course there will be opposition; there is to any legislation on abortion or, for that matter, most anything else. Talk about managing to miss the boat completely…
Look at the polling on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
In a nationwide poll of 1,623 registered voters in November 2014, The Quinnipiac University Poll found that 60% would support a law such as the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks [when the unborn child is capable of feeling pain], while only 33% opposed such legislation. Women voters split 59-35% in support of such a law, while independent voters supported it by 56-36%.
What about younger people? Among those ages 18-29, there was 57% support for the legislation, with only 38% opposed.
The Gallup numbers are an unmitigated disaster for pro-abortionists.