Skip to comments.WSJ/NBC poll: Majority once again thinks abortion should be illegal in most or all circumstances
Posted on 04/13/2013 10:18:33 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Blogworthy not just because it complements the Gosnell coverage but because this old post kicked off two days of arguments in the comments about whether Americans really were becoming more pro-abortion over time. That trend fit with various other trends towards social liberalization, starting with gay marriage, and with post-election claims that the long-touted Democratic realignment had arrived.
Good news and bad news there for pro-lifers. The bad news: The new numbers are in line with most of the other data over the last 10 years. Americans aren’t becoming more pro-choice but they’re not really becoming more pro-life either. (If the Gosnell story breaks out in a big way, that may change in the next round of polling.) The good news: The January numbers showing 54 percent in favor of legal abortion in most or all circumstances looks like an outlier. Either it’s statistical noise or the Akin/Mourdock backlash from last summer finally faded and left pollsters with the pre-2012 status quo. At the very least, you can take the new numbers as a sign that Republicans’ efforts to limit abortion at the state level aren’t generating a backlash (yet).
Still, though, 45 percent support abortion rights in most or all circumstances. What does that mean specifically? WaPo answers:
You can see vividly in that second column why Akin and Mourdock were such a liability for the GOP. There’s good news and bad news in this data too, of course. The good news is that abortions for reasons of personal convenience draw majority opposition, even in cases where the mother says she can’t afford the child. The bad news is that there’s more than 40 percent support for abortion under every circumstance here, even when you phrase it as blithely as “for any reason.” (Oddly, “for any reason” appears to have more support than “Don’t want to marry the man,” which I would think falls under”any reason.”) I often hear pro-lifers say that future generations will look back in horror at what America permitted over the last 40 years in the name of “women’s health”; I wish that were true, but I’m not sure what they expect to see happen between now and, say, 2050 to move these numbers dramatically. You’ve got 40 percent of the public, and probably 80 percent of the media, willing to bless fetal neck-snipping on demand as some sort of civil-libertarian triumph. What’s going to dissolve those numbers? If the facts of the Gosnell case don’t do it, what?
Murder is illegal....Why is abortion legal at all?? It defies reason.
yes it does
murder is not health care either
It doesn’t defy liberal logic.... AKA no logic
Exactly. Murder. There is no statute of limitation on murders, similarly abortionists and the “mothers” should be prosecuted for first degree murder. Send the signal by prosecuting the mothers, not just abortionist doctors.
Next thing will be to do away with old folks.
Murder is illegal....Why is abortion legal at all?? It defies reason.You're 100% correct, of course, but there are still those online (had one commenter just yesterday) that was arguing with me that abortion isn't murder. I asked the person if she was hiding the 55 million plus babies that have disappeared through abortion, but were not murdered.
It’s entirely understandable why the mainstream media would want to suppress the Gosnell story. How could any American with a soul hear about those child murders and not ask themselves: What the hell has this country become??? (hint: the answer is in the question)
This is the weakness of polling on moral issues. The majority decides what is right.
This info could be why the Compost was avoiding covering the Gosnell trial. It will only make those pro-life numbers even higher!
How interesting that so many people believe a baby should be murdered because it exists inconveniently. How very, very sad that AMERICANS think this!!
Doesn’t matter, as long as the majority of the media supports it.
Same goes for gay marriage, condoms to kids in schools, guns, obamacare, etc.
OK, then why did Akin lose his election? Always remember that the liberals biggest fear is that there will be too many people. When it comes right down to baby killing time, the liberals will vote for a smaller population out of fear for themselves and their children.
Doc Gosnell gonna move that needle even more to our side in this one...and Planned Parenthood knows it .....and they’re frightened. Awful awful price to pay, but the enemy overplayed his hand on this one...
Liberals go nuts over pit bull fighers. I hate them, too. But liberals say a woman should have a choice as to whether or not to kill her baby. Why shouldn’t she have a right to kill her dog?
By the way, did anyone see the video of the black dude in Baytown, Texas beating the hell out of a 5 month old pit bull puppy? His punishment COULD be 6 months to 2 years. I say put him in a cage with a bunch of pit bulls.
I’m afraid if I had been there I’d be in jail for murder. The poor puppy was “pleading” and the guy kept hitting him and kicking him then hung him over the railing by the neck lease. God, it makes me mad just thinking about it.