Poll: Abortion not decisive issue for more than half of voters

Published on August 30, 2012 at 5:45 AM · No Comments

While the 2012 presidential race has energized pro- and anti-abortion rights groups, a new CBS News poll shows that as many as 57 percent of registered voters in both parties say it's possible they would vote for a candidate who disagreed with them on the issue. However, women are less likely than men to say that.

CBS: Abortion Views Not A Litmus Test For Most Voters
As many as 57 percent of registered voters say it's possible they would vote for a candidate that disagreed with them on the issue of abortion, according to the poll, conducted Aug. 22-26. Thirty-four percent said they could not support such a candidate. Women are more likely than men to say they could not vote for a candidate who disagreed with them on the issue of abortion (38 percent of women said so, compared with 29 percent of men). Additionally, Democrats (37 percent) are more likely than Republicans (27 percent) to say they could not do so (Condon, Backus, Salvanto, De Pinto and Dutton, 8/28).

The Wall Street Journal: Santorum Highlights Abortion Debate
[Former Sen. Rick] Santorum, who consistently outpaced Mr. Romney among social-issues conservatives, reminded the party faithful – and television viewers at home – that the GOP also observes strict limits on abortion, fighting for the rights of the "born and unborn" (O'Connor, 8/28).

Related: KHN has video excerpts of Santorum's speech and others from Tuesday night.

The Hill: Planned Parenthood Slams GOP Convention Speakers As 'Anti-Women's Health'
Planned Parenthood's political arm had strong words ahead of the Republican National Convention's first speeches Tuesday. The group painted the speakers, which include former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, as a "'who's who' of anti-women's health politicians." "The Republican platform and the speaker lineup for the Republican National Convention demonstrate a fundamental disregard for women and women's health," said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF), in a statement (Viebeck, 8/28).

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