Thursday, April 30, 2009

Legal Abortion on Sharp Decline Among Independents, Liberal and Moderate GOPers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2009

CONTACT: Joy Yearout (703) 380-6674 or jyearout@sba-list.org
NEW PEW POLL
The ‘Blame Social Conservatives Crowd First’ is Wrong: Pro-Life Stand is a Winning Issue
Latest Pew Poll Finds Support for Legal Abortion on Sharp Decline Among Independents, Liberal and Moderate GOPers

Washington, D.C. – In response to today’s release of polling data from the Pew Research Center, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following statement:

"The blame social conservatives first crowd rests its premise on sand. No matter what losses conservatives suffer, their mantra is the same: ‘social issues are driving folks away.’ As the polling data released by the Pew Research Center proves, the ‘blame social conservatives’ habit is the very definition of cognitive dissonance. There is a compelling, sharp decline in support for legal abortion over the last eight months. The largest numbers of converts to the pro-life cause have been self-identified independents and liberal to moderate Republicans – the very voters who decided last year’s Presidential election. If Republicans want to improve their electoral performance, standing on the side of Life is one of the best decisions they can make.”

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press was conducted from March 31-April 21 among 1,521 adults. Highlights include:

· Overall support for legal abortion down 8%. The proportion saying abortion should be legal in all or most cases has declined from 54% last August to 46% this month.

· Support for abortion declined by 24% among moderate and liberal Republicans. The Center reported 67% of liberal and moderate Republicans said abortion should be legal in August 2008. In this month’s survey, that number had fallen to only 43%.

· Support for abortion declined by 11% among independents. The Center reported 55% of independents said abortion should be legal in August 2008. In this month’s survey, that number had fallen to 44%.

The Susan B. Anthony List is a nationwide network of Americans, over 156,000 residing in all 50 states, dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics. Its connected Candidate Fund increases the percentage of pro-life women in the political process.

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