Do Americans think that Democrats have become too radical on abortion? A new poll from Marist says yes — although other polling looks a little less clear on the subject. The Catholic service organization Knights of Columbus partnered with Marist on this national poll, which shows a majority of Americans identifying as pro-choice rather than pro-life. This may not be the graphic one intuitively expects the Knights to promote out of their polling partnership:
If anything, this appears to show the pro-life movement losing some ground over the last year. However, as KoC CEO Carl Anderson writes at the Wall Street Journal today, this points out just how radical the Democratic Party’s positions have become on the subject, because it turns out that the pro-choice contingent is not supportive of the abortion-on-demand-anytime policy pushed by Planned Parenthood:
Hundreds of thousands of Americans will gather in Washington Friday for the 47th annual March for Life. Those who march come together to stand against abortion, the most significant human-rights abuse of the modern era. This cause unites people across party, color and faith. Yet many politicians throughout the U.S. are surprisingly out of step with what a majority of Americans—and in many cases a majority of Democrats—believe about abortion.
While most Democratic candidates for president have embraced extreme abortion positions, the majority of Americans haven’t. There is a broad national consensus that the current abortion system is wrong and must be rolled back. That’s the takeaway from a new poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, which I lead, and conducted by the nonpartisan Marist Institute for Public Opinion. The poll surveyed 1,237 American adults earlier this month.
Seven in 10 Americans support substantial restrictions on abortion after three months of pregnancy. This figure isn’t a fluke. It has been 70% or higher over more than a decade of polling. Americans oppose late-term abortion even if they want it to be legal at other points in pregnancy. Nearly half of those who identify as pro-choice (47%) support such restrictions, according to the poll.
Support for limits on abortion cuts across party lines. Fewer than 4 in 10 Democrats support abortion at any time and for any reason, while 62% want some limitations on abortion and about half (49%) would limit abortion to the first three months of pregnancy at most. So would 69% of independents and 91% of Republicans.