Poll Shows Support for Waiting Periods Reaches An All Time High


Articles-on-abortionRasmussen recently conducted a nationwide survey on attitudes toward abortion. It found that 43 percent of Americans identify as “pro-life.” While this may seem somewhat low, Rasmussen polls consistently report lower pro-life sentiment than Gallup polls. Additionally, the poll found that public support for a waiting period before an abortion reached its highest level in over two years. Overall, a clear plurality of Americans – 49 percent – support waiting periods. To its credit, Rasmussen always asks about waiting periods when it conducts surveys on abortion. Most other polling firms, including Gallup, only rarely ask about incremental pro-life laws.

As such, this poll adds to a broad body of survey data which shows that incremental pro-life laws enjoy broad public support. It also adds body of research which shows that there is no significant gender gap when it comes to attitudes regarding abortion. Women are more slightly more likely to describe themselves as “pro-choice” However, the attitudes of men and women toward the morality of abortion are nearly identical. Additionally, the ratio of women who say it is “too easy” rather than “too hard” to get an abortion is nearly 2 to 1. Furthermore, a clear plurality of women support waiting periods before an abortion. As such, when analyzing the gender gap, political analysts, would do well to consider other factors besides abortion.

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MICHAEL J. NEW, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. He is also an Adjunct Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the Research and Education Arm of the Susan B. Anthony List. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Dartmouth College, Dr. New received a master’s degree in statistics and a doctorate in political science from Stanford University in 2002. Before coming to Michigan, Dr. New worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-MIT Data Center and later taught at The University of Alabama. Dr. New researches and writes about the social science of pro-life issues. He gives presentations on both the positive impact of pro-laws and the gains in public support for the pro-life position. He is a frequent blogger on National Review Online's "The Corner." Dr. New's study pro-life legislation was recently published by State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Four of his other studies on the effects of pro-life legislation have been published by the Heritage Foundation and another study was published by Family Research Council in 2008.

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