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Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:11 PM

NBC/WSJ poll: Majority, for first time, wants abortion to be legal

Source: Mark Murray, NBC News Senior Political Editor

As the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision takes place on Tuesday, a majority of Americans – for the first time – believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

What’s more, seven in 10 respondents oppose Roe v. Wade from being overturned, which is the highest percentage on this question since 1989.

“These are profound changes,” says Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey with Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart and his colleagues.

McInturff adds that the abortion-related events and rhetoric over the past year – which included controversial remarks on abortion and rape by two Republican Senate candidates, as well as a highly charged debate over contraception – helped shaped these changing poll numbers.

Read more: http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/21/16626932-nbcwsj-poll-majority-for-first-time-wants-abortion-to-be-legal

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Reply NBC/WSJ poll: Majority, for first time, wants abortion to be legal (Original post)
cal04 Jan 2013 OP
Adenoid_Hynkel Jan 2013 #1
calimary Jan 2013 #7
Ilsa Jan 2013 #16
Left Coast2020 Jan 2013 #21
valerief Jan 2013 #2
bluestateguy Jan 2013 #3
Old and In the Way Jan 2013 #4
Politicub Jan 2013 #9
AllyCat Jan 2013 #29
PSPS Jan 2013 #5
calimary Jan 2013 #6
niyad Jan 2013 #8
WinstonSmith4740 Jan 2013 #17
davepdx Jan 2013 #22
Blue_Tires Jan 2013 #26
another_liberal Jan 2013 #10
Chorophyll Jan 2013 #11
iandhr Jan 2013 #12
Chorophyll Jan 2013 #24
FiveGoodMen Jan 2013 #28
24601 Jan 2013 #13
CranialRectaLoopback Jan 2013 #14
bucolic_frolic Jan 2013 #15
krispos42 Jan 2013 #18
ReRe Jan 2013 #19
leftynyc Jan 2013 #23
ReRe Jan 2013 #27
proReality Jan 2013 #20
JustABozoOnThisBus Jan 2013 #25

Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:14 PM

1. The times, they are a changin'

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:26 PM

7. Good One!!! Like this!

Wish I had a way to get rid of EVERY craven image of that beast.

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Response to calimary (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:13 PM

16. The irony is that he wouldn't even fit into the GOP mold today.

Yet he did so much damage when he was president.

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Response to calimary (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:26 AM

21. Try selling that to the assholes in the Mississippi legislature.

They've practically shut all the clinics down in that state--despite a federal law supporting abortion.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:15 PM

2. I guess they stopped polling only male Kansas Christians. nt

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:18 PM

3. Unpacking public opinion on this issue is complicated

Indeed, most Americans favor legalized abortion in most circumstances.

But many Americans call themselves personally pro-life and self-identify that way when talking to pollsters: as in they (if they are female, anyway) would never have an abortion themselves, they would like to see fewer abortions, but believe the procedure should be legal and the woman's choice. So some people who tell a pollster they are pro-life, then pivot to the pro-choice position when they are asked the Money Shot question that really counts about abortion's legality.

This tends to confuse people who look at polling on this issue, including many reporters who should know better.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:21 PM

4. Imagine being a Republican...

and supporting every issue that 60%+ of voting Americans are opposed to. Further imagine that you're losing ground at a faster rate than you can win converts...because your "base" is dying faster than you can win new voters to your rather primitive ideology. Just imagine...

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Response to Old and In the Way (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:34 PM

9. The square curmudgeon party is a more apt descriptor

But they must be hating life right now.

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Response to Old and In the Way (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:51 PM

29. Bring in Gerry Mander to fix it all!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:22 PM

5. "For the first time?" Another "reporter" who sent is a cereal box top for his degree, I see.

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Response to PSPS (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:25 PM

6. Yeah, no kidding. As far as I can remember, it's ALWAYS been that way.

Where are they getting this "for the first time" stuff?

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Response to PSPS (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:30 PM

8. that was my thought as well. "first time" indeed! where has this twit been for years?

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Response to PSPS (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:26 PM

17. My thoughts exactly!

Another example of "ask no questions" journalism. Just get your info from Fox News and The Heritage Foundation and put it out there!

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Response to PSPS (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:54 AM

22. I think that the author of that piece was parsing their words carefully.

If you look at the "View the poll results here" link in the linked article you'll see Q32 which shows the following results to the question "Which comes closest to your view on abortion -- abortion should always be legal, should be legal most of the time, should be made illegal except in cases of rape, incest and to save the mother's life, or abortion should be made illegal without any exceptions?"

The survey results for 1/13 and 1/03 are (sorry this doesn't line up):
Always legal 31% 27%
Legal most of the time 23% 17%
Illegal, with exceptions 35% 40%
Illegal w/o any exceptions 9% 14%

The "always legal" and "legal most of the time" total 54% in the current survey. This is the first time (as far as the survey data presented in the report goes) that the majority want abortions to be legal, at least in most cases. That is 10% higher than 10 years ago (44%). This is real progress.

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Response to davepdx (Reply #22)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:43 PM

26. I don't really get the need for seperate second and third questions, though...

And like all polls, I'm curious to know how many people were asked, and the demographic breakdown...

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:55 PM

10. More and more people are no longer afraid to speak . . .

More and more people are no longer afraid to speak out in favor of a woman's right to choose. The tide is clearly turning on this issue, as on so many more where the Ultra-Conservatives, Racists, Misogynists and War-Mongers are starting to lose their supposed grip on public opinion. The fear of a new "Blacklist" for taking progressive stances is fading fast.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:19 PM

11. Hallelujah. It's about freaking time.

It's too bad that it took decades of Republican extremism coming to its (il)logical conclusion to make it happen, but whatever.

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Response to Chorophyll (Reply #11)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:21 PM

12. Progress has always been slow

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Response to iandhr (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:25 AM

24. Yup, and often it's one-step-forward, two-steps back.

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Response to Chorophyll (Reply #24)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:41 PM

28. If you take one step forward and two steps back, you've just lost ground

If you keep that up, you back away into the distance until no one can even see you.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:23 PM

13. Since when we we care about polls about rights confirmed by settled law? If it's a right, then

public opinion is irrelevant. Poles & votes matter only if Roe was wrongly decided.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:05 PM

14. It shouldn't be too surprising.

 

Republicans usually oppose what the majority support.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:05 PM

15. The Gerrymandered Statehouses and House Stand in the Way

And once they obliterate the Electoral College and make
Presidential Electors apportioned like Congressional seats,
as they are going to do in Pennsylvania, the situation will
only be worse.

It will take perhaps 15-30 years to correct this stranglehold
on Congress and the State Houses achieved through
Gerrymandering.

So how does this good news polling jive with political reality
in the states?

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:46 PM

18. Good.

Very good indeed.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:16 PM

19. The report is propaganda.

Period. Bullshit. Don't get me started.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #19)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:31 AM

23. Instead of huffing fire

why don't you calmly explain why you think the report is bullshit?

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #23)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:19 PM

27. I was tired and in a foul mood...

...OK? First it was associated to the WSJ, then there was a Republican pollster, then it more or less indicated that there hadn't been a majority in favor of Roe v Wade until now.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:47 PM

20. Did they get that "for the first time" out of a cracked fortune cookie or something?

It has been this way since we began fighting for the right way back when.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:29 AM

25. This is hard to believe ...

... that this is the first time. I can't believe that, until now, a majority wanted abortions to be illegal.

If it's true, then it's ABOUT FUCKING TIME!

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