By Dave Andrusko
With all the attention paid to abortion, it stands to reason there will be a growing number of public opinion polls taken.
Yesterday, National Right to Life News Today analyzed a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll which found 70% of the respondents against permitted a mother and the abortionist “to end the life” of an abortions survivor who “has deformities,” a.k.a. the way Democrats like to frame the issue of infanticide.
That same poll also found that
- A whopping total of 69% believe the Supreme Court will either overturn Roe v. Wade (20%) or modify the 1973 decision (49%).
- What about their personal preference? 46% say the Supreme Court should “affirm” Roe while a total of 54% would want the justices to overturn Roe (18%) or modify it (36%).
Today we’re looking at a USA Today/Ipsos poll which, of course, was interpreted in the least possible positive way for pro-lifers.
For example, asked about their personal opinion, the breakout was crude and unnuanced. Nothing new there. But when asked by Gallup more specific conditions, a major of the public supports abortion in very limited conditions. As Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones wrote last year,
The result is that 43% of Americans say abortion should be legal in all (29%) or most (14%) circumstances, while a majority of 53% say it should be legal in only a few (35%) or no circumstances (18%). [Underlining is mine.]
However, by far the most interesting results from the Ipsos poll were in response to the following two questions. The set-up to #1 read as follows:
There are a number of court cases about abortion laws that have been submitted to the Supreme Court including some that could potentially uphold or overturn the legal right to abortion established by Roe v. Wade.
Not exactly a neutral framing, but … Here are the results to the followup which I’m sure neither Ipsos nor USA Today expected:
Should the Supreme Court hear these cases on abortion or should they not hear these cases and allow existing law to continue as they are?
Exactly 6 in 10 (60%) said the High Court should hear the abortion cases!
2. Respondents were then asked if the Supreme Court were to rule on the abortion cases, what would they want the justices to do?
Exactly 50% said the High Court should “Uphold the legal right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade.” Note, not a single syllable in the questions about what was actually established in Roe!
More intriguing is that of the other half 30% said “Allow strict limits on abortion but uphold the basic legality” while 20% said “Overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to outlaw abortion.”
Again, if USA Today were interesting in a fair representation, the last option would be “Overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to determine their own laws on abortion,” which is what would happen if the Supreme Court were to fully overturn Roe.
There were other questions about laws banning abortion after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected [45% in favor, 55% opposed], and whether respondents “think the renewed national focus on abortion and laws impacting abortion is good or bad for the United States?” [43% said good, 57% said bad].
The results of these two days of polling are fascinating. We will see how opinion changes, assuming it does, over the next year as the media cranks into hyper-hysterical overdrive as we approach the 2020 elections.
It will be up to us to make sure the truth—not the pro-abortion talking points—get a fair hearing.