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Poll: Women's Health Issues Important to Midterm Voters

Poll: Women's Health Issues Important to Midterm Voters

November 12, 2014 — A majority of voters in a four-state survey support abortion rights and said that women's health issues factored into their voting decisions in the midterm election, according to a poll released Tuesday by NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood, Politico Pro reports.

For the survey, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, researchers polled 1,400 residents of Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire and North Carolina who voted early. The survey included questions on abortion, contraception and other issues.

Key Findings

The survey found that 78% of respondents do not believe the government should restrict abortion access and considered a candidate's opposition to abortion rights to be the most persuasive reason to not support him or her.

In addition, the survey found that 86% of voters said women's health issues played an important role in their decision about who to support in the midterm elections.

Respondents also said -- by a margin of 57 percentage points -- that Democratic candidates would be better than Republican candidates at protecting abortion access. According to Politico Pro, the poll found that Democrats' advantage on women's health issues was larger than on any other issue in the election.

Researchers also found that abortion rights was the only issue on which voting Republican women might believe Democrats would do better than Republicans, with Republican candidates having at least a 29-percentage-point advantage on all other issues.

Women's Health Leaders Comment

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said, "The facts are clear, and indisputable, the majority of Americans favor women having the right to make their own health care decisions." She added, "What we saw this year was many Republicans realizing this and running away from -- and, in many cases, flat out lying about -- their own record when it came to both choice and access to birth control."

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said, "If you remember one thing about election night, it should be this: Far from women's health and rights being a losing issue, it was an issue that helped both Democrats and Republicans win. That's a huge shift" (Villacorta, Politico Pro, 11/11).