Poll: Again, women and pretty much everyone else supportive of restricting late-term abortions

posted at 2:41 pm on August 2, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Aaron Blake of the Washington Post tweets a Quinippiac Poll with this finding thusly:

Yes, it is interesting, even counterintuitive, but only if you’ve ignored the similar result in pretty much every poll on the subject. I’m not after Blake, in particular on this point, but the entire media makes it its mission to characterize any restriction on abortion as prima facie “extreme,” without ever noting the obvious and inconvenient fact that late-term restrictions are, by definition, mainstream. They are supported by a majority of Americans, even many of those who believe abortion should be legal in the first trimester, and even more solid majorities of women.

Quinnipiac is just another example in a long line of data points:

On another matter, the Republican-led effort in Congress and in many state capitols to reduce from 24 weeks to 20 weeks the time period during a pregnancy in which almost all abortions should be legal is striking a chord with voters. A total of 55 percent want a 20-week limit while 30 percent favor the current 24 week limit.

Looking a little deeper, there is not a major demographic that prefers 24-week unrestricted legality to 20-week. Republicans prefer a 20-week cut-off 62-17, Independents 59-26, Men 50-35, Women 60-25, White 55-32, Black 53-28, and Hispanic 59-20. Democrats come closest, only preferring a 20-week cut-off by a 46-44 margin.

Looking a little deeper, there are precious few groups who don’t prefer a 20-week cut-off by a clear majority. Those with no college degrees, Catholics, Protestants, Evangelicals, moderates, and conservatives all favor a 20-week cut-off in numbers well over 50 percent. Among age demographics, 18-29, 30-44, 45-64, and 65+, every single group is favorable to a 20-week cut-off, with 18-29-year-olds the most friendly to restrictions and 65+ the least friendly. Again, counterintuitive unless you’ve read polls on this ever before in your life. I imagine the numbers would look even more favorable to restrictions if you phrased the questions in months of gestation as opposed to weeks.

The groups who prefer 24-week legality to a 20-week cut-off are as follows: people with college degrees (still not over 50 percent), those who identify as non-religious, liberals, and those who make over $100K a year (again, not over 50 percent).

The only two groups that support unrestricted 24-week abortions at over 50 percent are those who identify as liberal (54-39) and “none” in the religion category (53-37). So, given that, could we please stop acting like something a majority of Americans— white, black, Hispanic, men, women, Catholics, Protestants, Evangelicals, moderates, conservatives, young, middle, and 65+ people—prefer is extreme?

It’s not like this is the first time we’ve learned something akin to this.

Previously:

Polls: Americans favor abortion bans after 20 weeks


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These are Phony Babies.

faraway on August 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Is there a breakdown between single and married women in this poll? Most married women are pro-life, most single women are pro-abortion. As marriage rates fall precipitously, this issue will get worse for us. That’s why the War on Women nonsense is brilliant for the Dems.

happytobehere on August 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Only evil, vile, sub humans support killing their own babies. But the dims figure if they can convince enough people to kill their own baby then those people are so stupid they can be ordered to do anything. Nothing can be considered to evil for the person who gleefully kills their own child.

Flange on August 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

It’s not like this is the first time we’ve learned something akin to this.

You mentioned Akin. You must hate women.

Chris of Rights on August 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

You didn’t birth that.

NoDonkey on August 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

thuja to have a fit.

Schadenfreude on August 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Good. But I do reccomend that our candidates avoid taking the “no exceptions for rape and incest” position that is a position that repels, I mean repels, something like 80% of the electorate. There’s a long trail of defeated R senate candidates that attest to that. If our presidential contender ever took that position, it would likely spell disaster as it would be easily exploited by the Dems. Well, not disaster per se, just another R loss, with the coattails reverberating in congressional races.

anotherJoe on August 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Looking a little deeper, there is not a major demographic that prefers 24-week unrestricted legality to 20-week. Republicans prefer a 20-week cut-off 62-17, Independents 59-26, Men 50-35, Women 60-25, White 55-32, Black 53-28, and Hispanic 59-20. Democrats come closest, only preferring a 20-week cut-off by a 46-44 margin.

You’re not reading that right, MKH.

Using my MSNBC translator, what it really means is that 62% of Republicans, 59% of Independents, 50% of men, 60% of women, 55% of whites, 53% of blacks, 59% of Hispanics, and 46% of Democrats are WINGNUTS!

Resist We Much on August 2, 2013 at 2:56 PM

“I think, after a certain point, you’ve had enough trimesters”

Gatsu on August 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Yes, it is interesting, even counterintuitive, but only if you’ve ignored the similar result in pretty much every poll on the subject.

The media bubble is bound to have an impact on those living within it. If you live in a world where you tell lies, or hide the truth, all the time you tend start believing the lies. It doesn’t surprise me in the least that Aaron Blake is so ignorant of the world around him.

NotCoach on August 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

The media bubble is bound to have an impact on those living within it. If you live in a world where you tell lies, or hide the truth, all the time you tend start believing the lies. It doesn’t surprise me in the least that Aaron Blake is so ignorant of the world around him.

NotCoach on August 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Aaron Blake = Pauline Kael

Resist We Much on August 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

This shows who the real extremists are.

eMatters on August 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Well sure but the really important people, the elite democrats and the MSM (BIRM), favor it 99-1. So it is a very bad thing to limit killing babies that are over 20 weeks old.

These are the people that lead the evil democrat party, the party of liars, criminals, and killers.

jukin3 on August 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

They are in ramping up the war on women meme, looks like the memo went out, trying to Akinize Daines from MT.

http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/mailbag/republicans-daines-leads-charge-against-women/article_aa4db3a8-fab3-11e2-8aae-001a4bcf887a.html?comment_form=true#comments

MontanaMmmm on August 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Aaron Blake = Pauline Kael

Resist We Much on August 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

“I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who didn’t get a late term abortion. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.”

NotCoach on August 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

I guess women are warring against their own rights, eh?

RonDelDon on August 2, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Awright, Mary’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a “hot-button” thread ! (insert Howard Dean scream HERE)
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Interestingly, Q poll shows women more supportive of 20-week abortion ban than men. Women back it 60-25, men 50-35.

Aaron Blake, Washington Post

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Wow … you can see that went right down the “party -line”, there … huh?

listens2glenn on August 2, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Kind of on topic: Interesting story out of Pakistan.

I’m sure the initial response is repulsion, but these babies are being saved from trash cans. So I don’t really see a problem considering the circumstances. Obviously the Pakistani government isn’t capable of solving the problem.

NotCoach on August 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM

But … but … but … TAMPON EARRINGS!

Pork-Chop on August 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Make abortion an issue and people will start favoring it more. It’s like school prayer, favored by large majorities until an Amendment is being discussed and then the support dwindles.

thuja on August 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Why can’t the conservatives, Republicans, anti-abortion people etc learn to use the language to their advantages.

We are consistently getting beat up by the liberals with it and yet we still never learn.

It is not “pro-choice”, it is “pro-abortion”.

It is not a “20 weeks or 24 weeks”, it is “5 or 6 months old”.

Try telling someone that you support aborting a 5 or 6 month old fetus and see how that runs.

kim roy on August 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

MKH stop confusing me with facts.

GreenBlade on August 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

But … but … but … TAMPON EARRINGS!

Pork-Chop on August 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

…I think they’re red by now!

KOOLAID2 on August 2, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Make abortion an issue and people will start favoring it more. It’s like school prayer, favored by large majorities until an Amendment is being discussed and then the support dwindles.

thuja on August 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

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If you say so.

listens2glenn on August 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Make abortion an issue and people will start favoring it more. It’s like school prayer, favored by large majorities until an Amendment is being discussed and then the support dwindles.

thuja on August 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Rich. That’s some nice concern trolling you got going on there. Being the ghoul you are, shouldn’t you be encouraging us instead of admonishing us?

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Or are you a disingenuous Fluke?

NotCoach on August 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

it is interesting, even counterintuitive, but only if you’ve ignored the similar result in pretty much every poll on the subject.

Yes, men are keenly interested in ensuring that their girlfriends daughters never have to be punished with a baby.

RightKlik on August 2, 2013 at 5:25 PM

But … but … but … TAMPON EARRINGS!

Pork-Chop on August 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

…and month-old fetus keychains!

slickwillie2001 on August 2, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Make abortion an issue and people will start favoring it more. It’s like school prayer, favored by large majorities until an Amendment is being discussed and then the support dwindles.

thuja on August 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Wishcraft.

You’re a whackjob. Why you have a hard on for dead babies is beyond me…you’re gross and nearly sub-human.

CW on August 2, 2013 at 6:03 PM

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What the blessed HANG is going on, here?

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This thread should be well into the two hundreds, by now.

Did we scare all the trolls off?

listens2glenn on August 2, 2013 at 9:47 PM

The abortion-obsessed are a silly lot.

Meanwhile, liberals love you. You sure have elected more than enough of them.

Moesart on August 3, 2013 at 12:21 AM

The abortion-obsessed are a silly lot.

Meanwhile, liberals love you. You sure have elected more than enough of them.

Moesart on August 3, 2013 at 12:21 AM

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Bullsh** … You’re not obligated to accept the pole results, but
Liberals are voted in based on giving away govt handouts, and voter fraud.

listens2glenn on August 3, 2013 at 12:33 AM