In Giuliani Story, Williams Declares 'Most Believe a Woman Has a Right to an Abortion'
Brian Williams set up the May 11 NBC Nightly News story from David Gregory:
“Now to the big political story of the week, having to do with the leading GOP candidate for the President's job. Most Americans believe a woman has a right to an abortion. Most Republicans do not. Rudy Giuliani is running as a Republican with a pro-abortion rights record which he tried to explain again today.”ABC's World News also aired a piece by Jake Tapper on the same subject. Charles Gibson introduced it:
“Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani gave a major speech today. In it, he reaffirmed his support of abortion rights. That is not something you normally hear from a Republican presidential candidate. And it raises the question of whether he could be the first Republican presidential nominee to favor a woman's right to choose since abortion became a political issue.”The May 4-6 CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll (PDF of its results) asked: “With respect to the abortion issue, would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life” 50 percent responded “pro-life” and 45 percent answered “pro-choice.”
A February 22-25 Washington Post survey asked: “Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases?” 16 percent replied “legal in all cases,” 39 percent “legal in most cases,” 31 percent “illegal in most cases” and 12 percent “illegal in all cases.”
An April 20-23 NBC/News Wall Street Journal poll asked: “As you may know, the Supreme Court recently upheld a law that makes the procedure commonly known as a partial birth abortion illegal. Do you favor or oppose this ruling by the Supreme Court?” Favor: 53 percent; oppose: 34 percent.