Funding, Public Opinion, and the Mid-Term Elections
Part Two of Four
By Dave Andrusko
If you like being on the
prevailing side, last night was just the tonic. If you ever
questioned the impact of the abortion issue, what happened in
voting for the House of Representatives Tuesday evening should
dispel that forever.
There are lots of ways to
measure the impact of the abortion issue. One way is to tabulate
what people said about how the issue affected their vote.
Another is to gauge how NRL PAC did in the tough
races--especially head-to-head again EMILY's List, a
pro-abortion with tons of money and a commitment to electing
only the most hard-core pro-abortion female Democrats.
Let's do the numbers.
Senator-Elect Marco Rubio
Thirty percent of voters
said that abortion "affected" their vote, according to a poll
conducted by the polling companyTM inc. Of that
category, 22% of all voters voted for pro-life candidates, while
only 8 percent of all voters voted for pro-abortion candidates.
That gave pro-life candidates a net pro-life advantage of 14
percent. This is the kind of advantage that is invaluable in
National Right to Life PAC
supported 285 federal candidates nationwide. Of those, 82% (235)
won their races. In the most competitive races, National Right
to Life PAC actively worked in 122 federal races nationwide. Of
those, 74% (84) won, and nine elections are still undecided. The
PAC did this while being vastly outspent.
There were many reasons
National Right to Life's political action committee fared so
well. The poll conducted by the polling companyTM inc
found that 24% of voters recalled hearing or seeing advertising
from, or receiving information from National Right to Life.
Speaking of those highly
competitive races, 20 were against candidates supported by
EMILY's List. The pro-life candidate supported by National Right
to Life PAC won in fourteen of those twenty races (70%).
Then there is the issue of
ObamaCare and abortion funding.
Twenty-seven percent of
voters said abortion funding in the health care law affected
their vote--and they voted for candidates who opposed the health
care law--as opposed to only 4% who said abortion funding in the
health care law affected their vote--and they voted for
candidates who favored the law.
National Right to Life has
also repeatedly pointed out that the Obama Health Care Law, if
allowed to go into effect, will mean massive rationing of health
care including the rationing of life saving treatment. The
public agrees and clearly showed last night that they oppose
Forty-four percent of
voters said rationing in the health care law affected their vote
and they voted for candidates who opposed the health care law
while only 10% said rationing in the health care bill affected
their vote and they voted for candidates who favored the Obama
Health Care Law.
As we look ahead, it is
significant that 54% said they oppose the health care law (44%
strongly) while only 39% favor it (26% strongly).
[You can find more details
by reading the press statements of
NRL Political Director Karen Cross and
NRLC Executive Director David N.
O'Steen, Ph.D.] Finally, there is the important question of
public attitudes. The poll revealed that a majority continues to
favor allowing abortion only in very rare circumstances.
Fifty-three percent would
allow abortion at most in cases to save the life of the mother
or in cases of rape or incest as opposed to 41% who would allow
abortion regardless of the reason. However, 25% of those who
gave a pro-abortion response would allow abortion only in the
first three months while the current policy under Roe vs. Wade
allows abortion essentially throughout pregnancy for any reason.
Dr. O'Steen said it all
when he told a press conference, "Post-election polling has
shown that pro-life issues played a major role in what happened
at the polls yesterday and provided a margin sufficient to
guarantee victory in many close races."
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