I’ve been meaning to post about this for days. A new poll came out the week that should really get the attention of some of the key, swing, “pro life” Democrats, and should help convince them not to even consider voting for Obamacare unless it contains the full Stupak language against abortion. These eight Dems are directly affected: Jason Altmire (PA-04), Paul Kanjorski (PA-11), Brad Ellsworth (IN-11), Baron Hill (IN-09), Steve Dreihaus (OH-01), Charlie Wilson (OH-06), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), and John Boccieri (OH-16).
The poll was conducted on behalf of the Susan B. Anthony list. Here are highlights:
Voters Reject Federal Funding of Abortion, Especially in Healthcare Reform
· At least three-in-five voters in these eight congressional districts agreed that “Abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation.” Additionally, more than 70% of voters agreed in four of the districts surveyed (Ohio-06, Ohio-16, Indiana-08, and Indiana-09).
· At least two-thirds of voters in each Congressional District opposed “using tax dollars to pay for abortions” and in all districts majorities “strongly opposed.” Furthermore, in three districts opposition reached 80% (Ohio-06, Ohio-16, and Indiana-08).
Voting for Healthcare Reform with Federal Funding of Abortion Carries Negative Political Impact
· In each district, voters were more apt to reject, rather than embrace, a candidate who “votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion.” In fact, majorities of voters in seven of the eight districts said they would be less likely to support a candidate knowing he or she cast a vote for this type of legislation.
The Susan B. Anthony List has committed $500,000 toward a new three week campaign of mobilization efforts in the congressional districts polled this week.
The full results are available here.
Very well worth considering…..