The major takeaway in their mind is that Republicans are divided on abortion: 20% of Republicans polled said abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, 51% said it should be legal in cases of rape, incest, and the mother's life is at risk, 20% said it should be legal in the first and second trimester, and 9% said abortion should be legal at any point for any reason.
Well, they are less divided than Democrats, even though the article said Democrats are merely "somewhat divided."
How can the article so blatantly contradict the data? The authors are pulling a bait and switch using Roe v. Wade, with it being the hot topic as Judge Brett Kavanaugh inches closer to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The only category in the poll that lines up with Roe v. Wade is those who want abortion legal at any point for any reason, an opinion shared by only 9% of Republicans and 25% of Democrats.
Because of dishonest media narratives and downright legal and historical ignorance, a lot of people believe abortions are only legal before viability/third trimester because of Roe v. Wade. Using that metric, only 29% of Republicans and 56% of Democrats agree with Roe v. Wade. When you include everyone together, only 45% of Americans believe abortion should be legal in the first or second trimester.
That ought to be the headline, right there: "55% of Americans Would Ban Most Abortions."
Sadly, many Americans don't see clearly about the issue of abortion and rape yet, but those exceptions—along with the life of the mother—count for a tiny amount of abortions. Fewer than 1 percent of abortions are because the woman is pregnant from sexual assault. Well more than 90% of abortions are for purely social and economic reasons.
Through dishonesty or ignorance, the journalists reporting on this poll are deceiving Americans about what Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton did. Even 44% of Democrats believe abortion should be entirely illegal or would ban more than 90% of abortions.
Who again is more divided?
Prolife people should be encouraged, because a majority of Americans are on their side about Roe v. Wade, and the abortion industry can only hold on to the status quo by straight-up deceiving people. They know being honest about abortion is a losing proposition for them.
Here's some other groups in the poll who would ban more than 90% of abortions:
- Women: 53%
- Young adults ages 18-35: 56%
- Hispanics: 59%
- Asians: 71%
- People without high school degrees: 60%
- College graduates: 53%
- Independents: 51%
The only demographic groups in the poll with a majority believing abortion should be generally legal in the 1st and 2nd trimester are:
- The "Silent Generation" (born before WWII): 53%
- People with post-graduate education: 57%
- Democrats: 55%
In other words, old college professors are abortion's key demographic, not young women.