Wisconsin Polls Show Pro-Life Majority
July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM
Milwaukee -- Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director Barbara L. Lyons released results today from a June 1999 statewide survey which shows that 66% of Wisconsin adults believe abortion should not be legal except in the most extreme circumstances.
"The results are stunning and represent a big win to capture the hearts and minds of Wisconsin residents on abortion," declared Lyons. "Strong educational efforts by Wisconsin Right to Life over the past seven years are in large part responsible for this dramatic shift in public opinion, up 13 percentage points from the last measurement in 1993.
"What is most remarkable is that the poll data was gathered on the heels of expenditures of hundreds of thousands of dollars on television advertising by the proponents of abortion in Wisconsin earlier this year. It is clear that the 'choice' message is not resonating well with a public that has tired of the lack of substance embodied in this rhetoric. Human life is important, and people truly do care about mothers AND babies," Lyons stated.
Lyons also remarked that "public officials need to take heed of this mandate to work even harder to promote respect for human life and to end abortion on demand."
"It is also time for the media to discontinue their erroneous rote reporting that the Wisconsin public supports a woman's right to 'choose' abortion. Only 7% of respondents support what Roe v. Wade actually did, the legalization of abortion for the full nine months of pregnancy."
Conducted by Wirthlin Worldwide from a telephone survey of 500 adults age 18 years and above, the survey is projectable to the entire population within a plus or minus 4.4 percentage point margin of error at the 95 percent confidence interval.
The question wording as it was asked to respondents is:
"Which one of the following statements most closely describes your own position on the issue of abortion?"
Abortion should be legal for any reason at any time during a woman's pregnancy.
Abortion should be legal for any reason during the first six months of pregnancy.
Abortion should be legal for any reason during the first three months of pregnancy.
Abortion should be legal only when the life of the mother is in danger or in cases of rape or incest.
Abortions should be legal only when the life of the mother is in danger.
Abortions should never be legal.
Wirthlin Worldwide has conducted periodic surveys on abortion in Wisconsin since 1991, asking the exact same question as above. In the last eight years, there has been a significant increase in the percentage of residents across the state who believe abortion should be legal only in the most extreme circumstances The first survey in 1991 revealed that 57% of adults fell into this category. By 1993, the number had dropped to 53%. In the latest 1999 survey, the number increased to 66%.
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