Zogby/Associated Television News Poll Reveals: Abortion Tough Issue for Hillary Clinton & '06 Congressional Democrats

Mar 22, 2006, 00:00 ET from Associated Television News

    LOS ANGELES, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal candidates who make abortion
 rights an important part of their election platform this year and in 2008 may
 find themselves swimming against the current of American political thinking, a
 new Zogby Interactive survey shows.
     The survey, commissioned by Associated Television News and The O'Leary
 Report, included 30,117 respondents in the 48 contiguous states, and was
 conducted from March 10-14, 2006.  It carries a margin of error of +/- 0.6
 percentage points.
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030425/ATNLOGO )
     The poll included 20 questions on abortion pertaining to activity on the
 state or federal level.  Analysis of the survey included matching the
 responses against those respondents who said they'd support the two leading
 candidates for the 2008 presidential contest: Democrat Senator Hillary Clinton
 (33%) and Republican Senator John McCain (50%).  More analysis was conducted
 by matching the poll respondents who indicated that they'd support a Democrat
 (42%) or a Republican (40%) for Congress in the 2006 election.
     Pollster John Zogby noted that "while much of the poll's findings suggest
 Democrats will have trouble gaining a political advantage by using the
 emotionally charged issue of abortion, voters are still evenly split on
 whether the U.S. Constitution guarantees a woman's right to choose to have an
 abortion."  Forty-six percent of the respondents agreed that there was a
 constitutional guarantee while 45% disagreed.
     Associated Television News President Brad O'Leary, who commissioned the
 poll, added that much of the results may "spell disaster for Democrats who try
 to run on the abortion issue.  The abortion issue is this year's political
 'third rail' for congressional Democrats and for Hillary Clinton in 2008,"
 said O'Leary.  O'Leary speculated that the recent confirmation hearings for
 Justices Alito and Roberts and may have galvanized undecided voters into the
 pro-life camp, and noted that 71% of voters disagreed that the Senate should
 confirm only pro-choice Supreme Court Justices, while just 17% agreed with the
 statement.
     Asked whether respondents favored using a filibuster of Supreme Court
 nominees because of their position on abortion, only 28% agreed with the
 tactic, while 59% opposed it.
     Abortion may become to Democrats what Social Security was to Republicans
 during the 1970's and 1980's -- a "third rail" that caused the GOP continual
 political trouble.
     "There is absolutely no way a presidential or a congressional candidate
 running for office can grow their base if they insist on championing the
 abortion issue," Mr. O'Leary said.  The poll found a majority of respondents
 on 16 of the 20 questions took an anti-abortion position, including:
 
     *  Parental notification laws that were recently upheld by the Supreme
        Court (55% support for girls 18 yrs. & younger; 69% for girls 16 yrs.
        old & younger; only 36% and 23% disagree respectively)
 
     *  Abortion ends a human life (59% agree; 29% disagree)
 
     *  The prohibition of federal funds for abortions abroad (69% agree with
        the prohibition; 21% disagree)
 
     *  Abortion because of the sex of the fetus (86% agree should be illegal;
        10% disagree should be illegal)
 
     *  Requiring insurance plans to cover abortions where the life of the
        mother is not endangered (56% disagree with such a requirement; 12%
        agree)
 
     *  When life begins (50% believe it begins at conception; 19% believe life
        begins at birth)
 
     *  A new federal partial-birth abortion bill (50% want to see another
        bill; 39% don't want to see another bill)
 
     *  Requiring counseling about a mother's options before undergoing an
        abortion (55% agree with such a counseling requirement; 37% disagree)
 
     *  A 24-hour waiting period (56% agree with waiting period; 37% disagree)
 
     *  Federal & state financing of abortions for poor women (51% disagree
        with financing; 37% disagree)
 
     *  Laws that charge a person who kills a pregnant woman with two murders
        (64% agree with such laws; 23% disagree)
 
     The poll results suggest a shift in the electorate away from abortion
 rights over the past decade, Mr. O'Leary said.  They also suggest that
 congressional Democrats who champion abortion rights could lose as much as
 20 percent support from the electorate.
     The issue may affect the 2008 presidential contest, the poll shows, as 60%
 to 80% percent of Hillary Clinton's support on most of the 20 abortion
 questions clearly comes from those voters who favor abortion rights.
 Conversely, 75% to 90% percent of those voters who support John McCain take a
 pro-life position on the questions.
     Following are tables on these 20 poll questions and how they break down
 among voters who say they will support a Republican or Democrat in the 2006
 Congressional elections and among Hillary Clinton and John McCain supporters
 for the 2008 presidential election is attached.
 
     Q11.  Do you agree or disagree that a woman's right to choose to have an
 abortion is guaranteed by the US Constitution?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional             Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          46      80     11     40       83        21        47
     Disagree       45       9     82     46        8        71        40
     Not Sure       10      11      7     14        9         9        14
 
 
 
     Q12.  Do you agree or disagree that the confirmation of a nominee for the
 U.S. Supreme Court should be filibustered on the Senate floor because of the
 nominee's opinion on abortion?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                           2006 Congressional              Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.    Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          28      57      2     18        61         7        26
     Disagree       59      21     95     66        17        88        54
     Not Sure       13      22      3     16        21         6        20
 
 
 
     Q13. Do you agree or disagree that nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court
 should be confirmed only if their position on abortion is pro-choice?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional             Match up
                     Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree             18      35      2     11        38         5        15
     Disagree          71      46     96     78        42        92        68
     Not Sure          11      20      2     11        20         4        17
 
 Q14. Do you agree or disagree that states should pass laws to require parental
 notification in order for a girl under the age of 18 to have an abortion?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          55      23     89     56      22         79        49
     Disagree       36      66      7     30      67         14        39
     Not Sure        9      12      5     14      11          7        13
 
 
 
     Q15. Do you agree or disagree that states should pass laws to require
 parental notification in order for a girl under the age of 16 to have an
 abortion?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree         69      43     95     73        41        89        63
     Disagree      23      43      3     18        45         7        24
     Not Sure       9      14      2     10        13         4        13
 
 
 
     Q16.  The United States prohibits foreign aid money being used for
 abortions in countries where the abortion is done because of the sex of the
 fetus.  Do you agree or disagree with this prohibition?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          69      48     90     73       47        86        64
     Disagree       21      37      6     18       37        10        24
     Not Sure        9      15      3     10       16         4        12
 
 
 
     Q17. Do you agree or disagree that it should be illegal in the US to have
 an abortion because of the sex of the fetus?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree         86      74     92     87        74        90        85
     Disagree      10      18      7      8        18         8         9
     Not Sure       4       8      2      5         8         3         6
 
 
 
     Q18. Do you agree or disagree that abortion ends a human life?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree         59      28     90     62        27        81        53
     Disagree      29      55      6     22        57        11        30
     Not Sure      12      17      5     16        16         8        17
 
 
 
     Q19.  In some states, if a pregnant woman is murdered, the person
 committing the murder is guilty of two murders, the woman and her child.  Do
 you agree or disagree with this law?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          64      67     92     67      36        85        56
     Disagree       23      42      4     17      44         8        25
     Not Sure       13      21      4     16      20         7        19
 
 
 
     Q20.  Do you agree or disagree that federal or state governments should
 finance abortions for poor women?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          37      67      8     29      70        15        38
     Disagree       51      19     84     53      17        75        46
     Not Sure       12      14      7     18      13        10        16
 
 
 
     Q21.  Do you agree or disagree that private insurance plans should be
 required to finance abortions in cases where the woman's life is not
 endangered?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          33      58      9     26      60        15        32
     Disagree       56      27     85     60      25        78        50
     Not Sure       12      16      6     15      15         8        18
 
 
 
     Q22.  Which of the following best describes when you think life begins?
 
 
 
                                                   Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                   Total   Dem.   Rep.   Ind.    Clinton   McCain    Undec.
     At conception   50     20    81      51      19        72        45
     At 3 months      9     12     6       9      12         7         8
     At 6 months      8     14     3       7      13         5         9
     At birth        19     35     4      15      37         7        19
     Not sure        14     20     6      17      19         9        19
 
 
     Q23.  A. Parents are responsible for the welfare and health of their
 children.  A parent should be notified if their minor daughter is seeking to
 have an abortion.  B. There are lots of reasons why a minor might not want to
 tell her parents that she is seeking an abortion.  There should be no
 mandatory parental notification for a minor seeking an abortion.
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Statement A    59      27     92     61      26        83        52
     Statement B    32      62      4     26      64        10        36
     Neither         9      12      4     13      11         6        12
 
 
 
     Q24.  Two federal judges struck down a law prohibiting partial-birth
 abortion, which was passed overwhelmingly in Congress and was signed into law
 by President Bush, because the health of the mother was not included as an
 exception.  Do you agree or disagree that Congress should pass another
 Partial-Birth Abortion law to make the procedure illegal?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          50      17     85     53      15        76        44
     Disagree       39      69     10     32      72        16        42
     Not Sure       11      14      6     15      13         8        14
 
 
 
     Q25.  Do you agree or disagree that a federal law or state laws be passed
 similar to the one already in place in four states, that would restrict the
 coverage of abortion in private insurance plans only to cases in which the
 woman's life is in danger if the pregnancy is carried to term?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          44      16     74     45      15        66        37
     Disagree       44      73     15     39      74        22        47
     Not Sure       12      12     11     16      11        12        16
 
 
 
     Q26.  Do you agree or disagree that a federal law or state laws should be
 enacted mandating that women be given counseling prior to an abortion that
 includes information on at least one of the following: the purported link
 between abortion and breast cancer, the ability of a fetus to feel pain,
 long-term mental health consequences for the woman and/or the availability of
 services and funding should the woman decide to carry the pregnancy to term?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                           2006 Congressional             Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          55      28     82     57      28        74        50
     Disagree       37      63     12     32      64        19        39
     Not Sure        8       9      6     11       9         7        11
 
 
 
     Q27.  Do you agree or disagree that a federal law or state laws should be
 enacted to require a woman seeking an abortion to wait 24 hours from when she
 goes for the abortion to when the procedure is performed so that she receives
 counseling?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                           2006 Congressional             Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          56      30     82     57      29        75        50
     Disagree       37      62     12     32      63        19        39
     Not Sure        8       8      6     12       8         7        11
 
 
 
     Q28.  Do you agree or disagree that more state laws should be passed,
 similar to the recent law passed in Missouri, which allows civil lawsuits to
 be filed against anyone who helps a teen obtain an abortion without parental
 consent?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                           2006 Congressional             Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          45      11     82     44      10        70        39
     Disagree       48      83     12     44      84        22        52
     Not Sure        8       7      7     12       6         8        10
 
 
 
     Q29.  Abortion rights groups are backing lawsuits against pharmacies who
 refuse to sell the morning-after pill.  Do you agree or disagree that
 pharmacies and pharmacists be protected against such lawsuits?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                           2006 Congressional             Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          48      18     79     52      17        71        43
     Disagree       46      78     15     39      79        22        50
     Not Sure        6       4      6     10       4         7         8
 
 
 
     Q30.  Do you think that the morning-after abortion pill, commercially
 known as Plan B, should be available over the counter or should it be
 available only by prescription?
 
 
 
                                                   Hypothetical Presidential
                             2006 Congressional            Match up
                     Total   Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton   McCain   Undec.
     Available over   44     70     18     41       71       25       46
      the counter
     Available only   31     24     37     32       22       37       28
      by prescription
     Not available at
      all             19      2     37     17        2       29       19
     Not sure          7      5      8     10        5        8        8
 
 

SOURCE Associated Television News
    LOS ANGELES, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal candidates who make abortion
 rights an important part of their election platform this year and in 2008 may
 find themselves swimming against the current of American political thinking, a
 new Zogby Interactive survey shows.
     The survey, commissioned by Associated Television News and The O'Leary
 Report, included 30,117 respondents in the 48 contiguous states, and was
 conducted from March 10-14, 2006.  It carries a margin of error of +/- 0.6
 percentage points.
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030425/ATNLOGO )
     The poll included 20 questions on abortion pertaining to activity on the
 state or federal level.  Analysis of the survey included matching the
 responses against those respondents who said they'd support the two leading
 candidates for the 2008 presidential contest: Democrat Senator Hillary Clinton
 (33%) and Republican Senator John McCain (50%).  More analysis was conducted
 by matching the poll respondents who indicated that they'd support a Democrat
 (42%) or a Republican (40%) for Congress in the 2006 election.
     Pollster John Zogby noted that "while much of the poll's findings suggest
 Democrats will have trouble gaining a political advantage by using the
 emotionally charged issue of abortion, voters are still evenly split on
 whether the U.S. Constitution guarantees a woman's right to choose to have an
 abortion."  Forty-six percent of the respondents agreed that there was a
 constitutional guarantee while 45% disagreed.
     Associated Television News President Brad O'Leary, who commissioned the
 poll, added that much of the results may "spell disaster for Democrats who try
 to run on the abortion issue.  The abortion issue is this year's political
 'third rail' for congressional Democrats and for Hillary Clinton in 2008,"
 said O'Leary.  O'Leary speculated that the recent confirmation hearings for
 Justices Alito and Roberts and may have galvanized undecided voters into the
 pro-life camp, and noted that 71% of voters disagreed that the Senate should
 confirm only pro-choice Supreme Court Justices, while just 17% agreed with the
 statement.
     Asked whether respondents favored using a filibuster of Supreme Court
 nominees because of their position on abortion, only 28% agreed with the
 tactic, while 59% opposed it.
     Abortion may become to Democrats what Social Security was to Republicans
 during the 1970's and 1980's -- a "third rail" that caused the GOP continual
 political trouble.
     "There is absolutely no way a presidential or a congressional candidate
 running for office can grow their base if they insist on championing the
 abortion issue," Mr. O'Leary said.  The poll found a majority of respondents
 on 16 of the 20 questions took an anti-abortion position, including:
 
     *  Parental notification laws that were recently upheld by the Supreme
        Court (55% support for girls 18 yrs. & younger; 69% for girls 16 yrs.
        old & younger; only 36% and 23% disagree respectively)
 
     *  Abortion ends a human life (59% agree; 29% disagree)
 
     *  The prohibition of federal funds for abortions abroad (69% agree with
        the prohibition; 21% disagree)
 
     *  Abortion because of the sex of the fetus (86% agree should be illegal;
        10% disagree should be illegal)
 
     *  Requiring insurance plans to cover abortions where the life of the
        mother is not endangered (56% disagree with such a requirement; 12%
        agree)
 
     *  When life begins (50% believe it begins at conception; 19% believe life
        begins at birth)
 
     *  A new federal partial-birth abortion bill (50% want to see another
        bill; 39% don't want to see another bill)
 
     *  Requiring counseling about a mother's options before undergoing an
        abortion (55% agree with such a counseling requirement; 37% disagree)
 
     *  A 24-hour waiting period (56% agree with waiting period; 37% disagree)
 
     *  Federal & state financing of abortions for poor women (51% disagree
        with financing; 37% disagree)
 
     *  Laws that charge a person who kills a pregnant woman with two murders
        (64% agree with such laws; 23% disagree)
 
     The poll results suggest a shift in the electorate away from abortion
 rights over the past decade, Mr. O'Leary said.  They also suggest that
 congressional Democrats who champion abortion rights could lose as much as
 20 percent support from the electorate.
     The issue may affect the 2008 presidential contest, the poll shows, as 60%
 to 80% percent of Hillary Clinton's support on most of the 20 abortion
 questions clearly comes from those voters who favor abortion rights.
 Conversely, 75% to 90% percent of those voters who support John McCain take a
 pro-life position on the questions.
     Following are tables on these 20 poll questions and how they break down
 among voters who say they will support a Republican or Democrat in the 2006
 Congressional elections and among Hillary Clinton and John McCain supporters
 for the 2008 presidential election is attached.
 
     Q11.  Do you agree or disagree that a woman's right to choose to have an
 abortion is guaranteed by the US Constitution?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional             Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          46      80     11     40       83        21        47
     Disagree       45       9     82     46        8        71        40
     Not Sure       10      11      7     14        9         9        14
 
 
 
     Q12.  Do you agree or disagree that the confirmation of a nominee for the
 U.S. Supreme Court should be filibustered on the Senate floor because of the
 nominee's opinion on abortion?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                           2006 Congressional              Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.    Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          28      57      2     18        61         7        26
     Disagree       59      21     95     66        17        88        54
     Not Sure       13      22      3     16        21         6        20
 
 
 
     Q13. Do you agree or disagree that nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court
 should be confirmed only if their position on abortion is pro-choice?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional             Match up
                     Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree             18      35      2     11        38         5        15
     Disagree          71      46     96     78        42        92        68
     Not Sure          11      20      2     11        20         4        17
 
 Q14. Do you agree or disagree that states should pass laws to require parental
 notification in order for a girl under the age of 18 to have an abortion?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          55      23     89     56      22         79        49
     Disagree       36      66      7     30      67         14        39
     Not Sure        9      12      5     14      11          7        13
 
 
 
     Q15. Do you agree or disagree that states should pass laws to require
 parental notification in order for a girl under the age of 16 to have an
 abortion?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree         69      43     95     73        41        89        63
     Disagree      23      43      3     18        45         7        24
     Not Sure       9      14      2     10        13         4        13
 
 
 
     Q16.  The United States prohibits foreign aid money being used for
 abortions in countries where the abortion is done because of the sex of the
 fetus.  Do you agree or disagree with this prohibition?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          69      48     90     73       47        86        64
     Disagree       21      37      6     18       37        10        24
     Not Sure        9      15      3     10       16         4        12
 
 
 
     Q17. Do you agree or disagree that it should be illegal in the US to have
 an abortion because of the sex of the fetus?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree         86      74     92     87        74        90        85
     Disagree      10      18      7      8        18         8         9
     Not Sure       4       8      2      5         8         3         6
 
 
 
     Q18. Do you agree or disagree that abortion ends a human life?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree         59      28     90     62        27        81        53
     Disagree      29      55      6     22        57        11        30
     Not Sure      12      17      5     16        16         8        17
 
 
 
     Q19.  In some states, if a pregnant woman is murdered, the person
 committing the murder is guilty of two murders, the woman and her child.  Do
 you agree or disagree with this law?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          64      67     92     67      36        85        56
     Disagree       23      42      4     17      44         8        25
     Not Sure       13      21      4     16      20         7        19
 
 
 
     Q20.  Do you agree or disagree that federal or state governments should
 finance abortions for poor women?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          37      67      8     29      70        15        38
     Disagree       51      19     84     53      17        75        46
     Not Sure       12      14      7     18      13        10        16
 
 
 
     Q21.  Do you agree or disagree that private insurance plans should be
 required to finance abortions in cases where the woman's life is not
 endangered?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          33      58      9     26      60        15        32
     Disagree       56      27     85     60      25        78        50
     Not Sure       12      16      6     15      15         8        18
 
 
 
     Q22.  Which of the following best describes when you think life begins?
 
 
 
                                                   Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                   Total   Dem.   Rep.   Ind.    Clinton   McCain    Undec.
     At conception   50     20    81      51      19        72        45
     At 3 months      9     12     6       9      12         7         8
     At 6 months      8     14     3       7      13         5         9
     At birth        19     35     4      15      37         7        19
     Not sure        14     20     6      17      19         9        19
 
 
     Q23.  A. Parents are responsible for the welfare and health of their
 children.  A parent should be notified if their minor daughter is seeking to
 have an abortion.  B. There are lots of reasons why a minor might not want to
 tell her parents that she is seeking an abortion.  There should be no
 mandatory parental notification for a minor seeking an abortion.
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Statement A    59      27     92     61      26        83        52
     Statement B    32      62      4     26      64        10        36
     Neither         9      12      4     13      11         6        12
 
 
 
     Q24.  Two federal judges struck down a law prohibiting partial-birth
 abortion, which was passed overwhelmingly in Congress and was signed into law
 by President Bush, because the health of the mother was not included as an
 exception.  Do you agree or disagree that Congress should pass another
 Partial-Birth Abortion law to make the procedure illegal?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          50      17     85     53      15        76        44
     Disagree       39      69     10     32      72        16        42
     Not Sure       11      14      6     15      13         8        14
 
 
 
     Q25.  Do you agree or disagree that a federal law or state laws be passed
 similar to the one already in place in four states, that would restrict the
 coverage of abortion in private insurance plans only to cases in which the
 woman's life is in danger if the pregnancy is carried to term?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                            2006 Congressional            Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          44      16     74     45      15        66        37
     Disagree       44      73     15     39      74        22        47
     Not Sure       12      12     11     16      11        12        16
 
 
 
     Q26.  Do you agree or disagree that a federal law or state laws should be
 enacted mandating that women be given counseling prior to an abortion that
 includes information on at least one of the following: the purported link
 between abortion and breast cancer, the ability of a fetus to feel pain,
 long-term mental health consequences for the woman and/or the availability of
 services and funding should the woman decide to carry the pregnancy to term?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                           2006 Congressional             Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          55      28     82     57      28        74        50
     Disagree       37      63     12     32      64        19        39
     Not Sure        8       9      6     11       9         7        11
 
 
 
     Q27.  Do you agree or disagree that a federal law or state laws should be
 enacted to require a woman seeking an abortion to wait 24 hours from when she
 goes for the abortion to when the procedure is performed so that she receives
 counseling?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                           2006 Congressional             Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          56      30     82     57      29        75        50
     Disagree       37      62     12     32      63        19        39
     Not Sure        8       8      6     12       8         7        11
 
 
 
     Q28.  Do you agree or disagree that more state laws should be passed,
 similar to the recent law passed in Missouri, which allows civil lawsuits to
 be filed against anyone who helps a teen obtain an abortion without parental
 consent?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                           2006 Congressional             Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          45      11     82     44      10        70        39
     Disagree       48      83     12     44      84        22        52
     Not Sure        8       7      7     12       6         8        10
 
 
 
     Q29.  Abortion rights groups are backing lawsuits against pharmacies who
 refuse to sell the morning-after pill.  Do you agree or disagree that
 pharmacies and pharmacists be protected against such lawsuits?
 
 
 
                                                  Hypothetical Presidential
                           2006 Congressional             Match up
                  Total    Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton    McCain    Undec.
     Agree          48      18     79     52      17        71        43
     Disagree       46      78     15     39      79        22        50
     Not Sure        6       4      6     10       4         7         8
 
 
 
     Q30.  Do you think that the morning-after abortion pill, commercially
 known as Plan B, should be available over the counter or should it be
 available only by prescription?
 
 
 
                                                   Hypothetical Presidential
                             2006 Congressional            Match up
                     Total   Dem.   Rep.   Ind.   Clinton   McCain   Undec.
     Available over   44     70     18     41       71       25       46
      the counter
     Available only   31     24     37     32       22       37       28
      by prescription
     Not available at
      all             19      2     37     17        2       29       19
     Not sure          7      5      8     10        5        8        8
 
 SOURCE  Associated Television News