Quinnipiac is out today with a national poll on a broad array of issues. One of the issues they polled was a 20-week limit on abortion, which has been in the spotlight between the House’s passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and Wendy Davis’ infamous filibuster and the subsequent passage of a 20-week limit in Texas.
Quinnipiac phrases the question this way:
The U.S. Supreme Court has said abortion is legal without restriction in about the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Some states have passed laws reducing this to 20 weeks. If it has to be one or the other, would you rather have abortions legal without restriction up to 20 weeks, or up to 24 weeks?
The results? Americans say they back a 20-week limit by a 25-point margin, 55 percent to 30 percent.
And an additional 7 percent of Americans volunteered that abortion should never be legal, with just 1 percent volunteering that it should always be legal.
Now, things get super interesting when you look at the crosstabs, which show:
Women (60 percent) are 10 points more likely to back the 20-week limit than men (50 percent).
Hispanics back the 20-week limit by a 39-point margin, 59 percent to 20 percent.
Young people (18-29) back the 20-week limit by a 27-point margin, 55 percent to 28 percent.
Independents (59 percent) back the 20-week limit at nearly the same level as Republicans (62 percent).
Democrats narrowly choose the 20-week limit, 46 percent to 44 percent.
No wonder Harry Reid wasn’t willing to flatly reject a potential vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the Senate. Although I’m sure that vulnerable “red state” pro-abortion senators up for reelection in 2014 — such as Kay Hagan – are begging him to make sure the bill never sees the light of day.
— Majorie Dannenfelser is president of the Susan B. Anthony List.