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The Weekly Standard blog reported this July 9:
Time’s Karen Tumulty concludes her latest column with some rather surprising figures:
On July 6, the National Women’s Law Center released a poll of 1k likely voters conducted by the Mellman Group indicating that 71% favor including reproductive services such as birth control and abortion as part of health reform….
This is surprising because a slight majority of Americans think that abortion should be illegal, except in the cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother….
The suggestion that 71% of Americans want their tax dollars to fund abortions through government-run health-care would therefore seem absurd on its face.
According to a February Gallup poll, only 35% of Americans supported Obama’s move to rescind the Mexico City Policy, which barred funding to groups that perform or promote abortions overseas. A recent poll conducted for Americans United for Life by the Polling Company showed that 71% of Americans oppose “using tax dollars to pay for abortions…”…
So how did the NWLC manage to concoct a poll showing that 71% of Americans support abortion coverage in a national health-care plan? I suspect the wording the pollsters used was intentionally designed to skew the numbers. Tumulty’s wording makes it seem as if the question conflated support for covering birth control and abortion.
A NWLC spokesperson refused to provide the text of the questions polled…. but she did send along this press release, which was apparently all Tumulty needed to confirm her own preconceptions about how much Americans love abortion.
I decided to call the NWLC, too, to also ask for a copy of the actual poll questions. What legitimate organization won’t release that basic information?
I spoke with Adrienne Ammerman, and she wouldn’t give the questions to me either, and she wouldn’t say why. She emailed me a copy of the press release.