Wednesday, November 18, 2009

CNN Poll Shows 61% Of Americans Do Not Want Abortion Covered By Insurance

Maybe the tide is finally turning on the public's denial about what abortion is. Or maybe people are being forced to reckon with how technology has given us a window into the development of the unborn and can no longer live in the Dark Ages of pro-abortion absolutism. The pro-abortion crowd must be worried that even a CNN poll reveals a majority of Americans do not want federal funds going to abortion.

"The new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released today shows 61 percent oppose taxpayer funding of abortions while just 37 percent are supportive.

The CNN poll goes further and finds that a majority of Americans, by a 51 to 45 percent margin, believe women should be required to use their own money to pay for abortions even if they have private health insurance and no government money is involved. They did not think health insurance should pay for abortions.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said that the poll results show "for most Americans, potential restrictions on abortion may not be a dealbreaker" in supporting the health care bill.

The CNN survey has important implications for Congress as the Senate begins debating a bill that will likely fund abortions and as pro-abortion President Barack Obama threatens to yank the abortion funding ban from the House bill.

The poll also asked a vague question about when Americans support or oppose abortions.

The question, "Do you think abortion should be legal in most circumstances or only a few circumstances?" doesn't lend itself to any constructive analysis because it does not spell out what circumstances constitute "most" or "a few." Other polls breaking down when women have abortions find about 55 percent of Americans oppose 98 percent of all abortions.

In the new CNN survey, 26 percent said abortions should be legal under any circumstances, 23 percent said abortions should be illegal under any circumstances and 50 percent said they should only be legal under certain circumstances.

If those certain circumstances are defined as the very rare cases of rape or incest or when the life of the mother is threatened by the pregnancy, then 73 percent of Americans oppose 98 percent of the 1.2 million abortions that take place every year in the United States.

A second CNN question validates that contention.

It found 63 percent of Americans say abortion should be illegal in all cases or only in a few cases while just 36 percent say abortion should be legal in most cases or in all cases.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted November 13-15, with 1,014 adult Americans questioned by telephone."