Susan B. Anthony List poll: Even pro-choice voters favor ban on late-term abortion

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Pro-life group released data ahead of lobbying effort in Tallahassee.

New polling from the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List shows a vast majority of Floridians oppose late-term abortions. That includes a majority of those who self-describe as “pro-choice.”

The data comes as the conservative group gets into the Tallahassee lobbying game. The organization will promote the Florida Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act during the Legislative session this year.

Certainly, a new poll commissioned from The Tarrance Group will provide them with a some serious talking points. The survey found 76 percent of Florida voters support prohibiting late-term abortions, compared to 24 percent who support allowing the procedure.

Ban backers include a majority of Republicans (87 percent), independents (75 percent) and Democrats (64 percent)

And it found similar breakdowns among men and women. In fact, 77 percent of female voters favor barring late-term abortions, compared to 74 percent of male respondents.

Perhaps most notable, 53 percent of those who classify themselves as “pro-choice” still draw the line with late-term abortions.

The data also hits the capitol as Republican leaders seek to set Florida apart from controversial abortion policies passed in New York and Virginia.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law earlier this year allowing abortions from 24 weeks until birth if a mother’s health is at risk. Virginia officials also considered a similar bill decried by critics as “infanticide.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned both those states in his first State of the State address last week. “We will not allow such things to happen here in Florida,” he said.

Mallory Quigley of Susan B. Anthony List said the poll comes as the national organization teams up with John Stemberger and the Florida Family Policy Council to advance pro-life legislation in Florida

The group also measured support on it’s other big issue, parental consent.

The survey found 73 percent of Florida voters support requiring a minor girl get parental consent before undergoing an abortion. That again includes a majority of Republicans (87 percent), Democrats (60 percent) and independents (70 percent).

Pro-choice voters broke 58 percent in favor of such a rule.

The Tarrance Group survey tallied responses from 500 Florida registered voters reached between Feb. 25 and 27. Pollsters report a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


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