Shhh, Don't Tell MSNBC, But Most Young Americans Support Restricting Abortion Past 20-Week Mark
As the National Journal reported today (emphases mine), "the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll shows that a plurality of Americans supports a ban on late abortions," that "women supported such a measure in greater numbers than men (50 percent of women in favor; 46 percent of men)," and that both young voters and white women -- two Obama-favoring voting demographics -- favor such bans by a simple majority:
Among all age groups, it was young Americans--who have regularly sided with Democratic priorities in the age of Obama--who most strongly supported the measure (52 percent). The measure also received the support of 51 percent of white women, both those who are college educated and those who are not.
While Republicans are more likely to support such a ban than Democrats, it's notable that the poll found a full third of Democrats -- a healthy minority -- support such a ban. What's more (emphases mine):
The abortion measure received plurality support across all income levels and even fared well in the suburbs--a key battleground for social issues and elections--receiving 49 percent support, with 41 percent opposed.
The measure split along racial lines, with white Americans in favor (50 percent to 43 percent) and nonwhites opposed (49 percent against to 43 in favor).
So yes, racial minorities by a 6-point margin are opposed, but again, a very healthy minority, 43 percent, are in favor.
At the close of his article, National Journal's Shane Goldmacher explained a bit about the wording of the poll questions and the methodology (emphasis mine):
In the poll, arguments for and against the measure were presented to Americans.
Survey respondents were told that the legislation included exceptions in cases of rape and incest that were reported to authorities. They were also told supporters say the bill was necessary because a fetus can feel pain at that point in pregnancy and that opponents say the measure undermines abortion rights granted by the Supreme Court in 1973.
The survey of 1,005 adults was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International from June 20 to 23, via both landlines and cell phones. It has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.
Liberals in the media like MSNBC's Craig Melvin and Irin Carmon have attacked the House abortion ban bill, particularly citing the reporting requirement for the rape/incest exception. But as this poll clearly shows, a significant number of respondents seem perfectly fine with a reporting requirement.