CNN Poll: Americans Oppose Public Funding of Abortion 61% to 37% (CORRECTED)
8:32 AM, Nov 18, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A new CNN poll "indicates that 61 percent of the public opposes the use of public money for abortions for women who can not afford the procedure, with 37 percent in favor of allowing the use of federal funds."
How much stronger must opposition to public funding of abortion be in states like Byron Dorgan's North Dakota and Blanche Lincoln's Arkansas?
What's really remarkable is that a majority of Americans oppose private insurance coverage of abortions:
In their attacks on the Stupak amendment, a number of pro-choice Democrats, like Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, have claimed that the amendment "puts new restrictions on women's access to abortion coverage in the private health insurance market even when they would pay premiums with their own money." Even the St. Petersburg Times's Politifact, which has a history of flacking for the Democratic party, reports that this claim is "false."
It turns out that a majority of Americans support even the supposedly scary and radical position that Nancy Pelosi and Planned Parenthood falsely ascribe to Stupak supporters.
While it's remarkable, opposition to private insurance coverage of abortion is hardly surprising. The CNN poll reports that
Update: Via Ramesh Ponnuru, the Washington Post/ABC poll had a similar finding:
Correction: 63 percent of Americans believe abortion should be illegal or legal in only a few circumstances. I had originally reported 55% believed so. That number was from a 2005 poll.