Friday, March 24, 2006

It seems that those who run for Senate on the 'pro-choice' ticket may be going against the grain this election year: a new Zogby Interactive Survey shows that respondents in the contiguous 48 states shows 59% of people consider abortion ends a human life.

The survey was s commissioned by Associated Television News and the O'Leary Report. It included 30,117 respondents and was conducted from March 10-14 of this year. It carries a margin of error of +/- 0.6 percent.

The poll also showed that 71% of voters disagreed that the Senate should confirm only pro-choice Supreme Court Justices, while only 17% agreed with the statement. It also found that 59% of respondents considered an abortion to end a human life, while only 28% thought that it did not.

Associated Television News President Brad O'Leary, who commissioned the poll, added that much of the results may "spell disaster for Democrats who try to run on the abortion issue."

"There is absolutely no way a presidential or a congressional candidate running for office can grow their base if they insist on championing the abortion issue," Mr. O'Leary said.

The survey broke down to these statistics:

  • Abortion ends a human life (59% agree; 29% disagree)
  • The prohibition of federal funds for abortions abroad (69% agree with the prohibition; 21% disagree)
  • Abortion because of the sex of the fetus (86% agree should be illegal; 10% disagree should be illegal)
  • Requiring insurance plans to cover abortions where the life of the mother is not endangered (56% disagree with such a requirement; 12% agree)
  • When life begins (50% believe it begins at conception; 19% believe life begins at birth)
  • A new federal partial-birth abortion bill (50% want to see another bill; 39% don't want to see another bill)
  • Requiring counseling about a mother's options before undergoing an abortion (55% agree with such a counseling requirement; 37% disagree)
  • A 24-hour waiting period (56% agree with waiting period; 37% disagree)
  • Federal & state financing of abortions for poor women (51% disagree with financing; 37% agree)
  • Laws that charge a person who kills a pregnant woman with two murders (64% agree with such laws; 23% disagree)

  • Interesting! I can't wait to hear what NOW says about this...

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