College Pulse, a national research group that regularly polls thousands of college students on their views on different issues, released new poll results–with a deceptive, and largely untrue, conclusion.
They wrote, “A new survey found that students at four-year colleges are more supportive of abortion rights than the general public. The majority of college students (78%) believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 22% say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.”
But digging into the data, you’ll find that actually the students they surveyed hold largely pro-life views. Question 4 asks students to pick every situation where they believe abortion should be legal. Here is what they found:
- 20% said that fetal abnormalities is a reason to keep abortion legal
- 23% said in the cases of rape
- 24% said when health is at risk
- 17% said in abusive relationships
- 14% said if the partner of the mother left during the pregnancy
Wait. That means that 80% did not believe that fetal abnormalities were a reason to keep abortion legal. That means 77% did not believe rape justified abortion. In fact, 86% said that the partner abandoning the mother and child was not a reason for legalized abortion; we can see this as a proxy for asking about poverty.
If anything, the poll results reinforce pro-life positions.
Now the data does show that 46% had a very favorable view of Planned Parenthood, 24% were mostly favorable, and 9% were mostly unfavorable. But even this isn’t a very in-depth question. When the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement, our research arm, conducted polling on Planned Parenthood, we actually described what Planned Parenthood does (abortions) and doesn’t do (mammograms) and watched as support fell.
Other polling results from our January poll found that:
7 of 10 Millennials support limits on abortion through specific policies like parental notification, limiting abortions later in pregnancy like at 5 months of pregnancy, and opposition to government funding of abortion.
Only 7 percent shared the position of the Democratic Party Platform – abortion without any exceptions and funded by tax dollars.
More Millennials than not support Roe’s reversal. Asked directly about support for overturning Roe and returning abortion to the states, 41 percent supported Roe’s reversal.
65 percent of Millennials support the right to vote on abortion-related policy and want a voice on abortion policy
56 percent of Millennials, oppose selling Chemical Abortion drugs on-line or dropping the requirement for a physical exam because of the risks to women.
By about a 3 to 1 margin (48 percent to 17 percent), Millennials said they preferred that their tax monies went to Federally Qualified Health Centers rather than the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood.
51 percent said that they opposed Roe, when they understood it allows for abortion through all 9 months of pregnancy
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