American Voters Back Democratic Congressman Stupak on Abortion

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Congressman Bart Stupak’s (D-MI) principled stand to withhold support for President Obama’s health care bill – unless language that would open the door to taxpayer-funded abortions is removed – has drawn the ire of his more left-of-center colleagues. However, according to a breaking poll conducted by Zogby International, Stupak’s stand is more popular with the American electorate.

Congressman Bart Stupak’s (D-MI) principled stand to withhold support for President Obama’s health care bill -- unless language that would open the door to taxpayer-funded abortions is removed -- has drawn the ire of his more left-of-center colleagues. However, according to a breaking poll conducted by Zogby International, Stupak’s stand is more popular with the American electorate.

The Zogby Poll asked:

Michigan Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak recently issued a statement about the current healthcare proposal before Congress: “Unfortunately, the president’s proposal encompasses the Senate language allowing public funding of abortion. The Senate language is a significant departure from current law and is unacceptable.” Do you agree or disagree with Congressman Stupak’s remarks?

A 48 percent plurality of American voters agree with Congressman Stupak that President Obama’s health care bill would change the current law and allow taxpayer-funded abortions. A smaller percentage of American voters (42 percent) disagree with Congressman Stupak, and 10 percent are not sure.

“Poll after poll has consistently shown the American people don’t want taxpayers to have to foot the bill for elective abortions,” said Brad O’Leary, publisher of The O’Leary Report newsletter, which commissioned the poll. “Congressman Stupak’s principled stand is popular with most Americans, even if it is unpopular with some of his liberal colleagues.”

The Zogby International poll was commissioned by The O’Leary Report newsletter. The Poll surveyed 2,805 voters March 2-4 and has a margin-of-error of plus-or-minus 1.9 percentage points. To see more poll results, go to http://www.OLearyReport.com.

Brad O’Leary is publisher of “The O’Leary Report,” a bestselling author, and is a former NBC Westwood One talk show host. To see more, go to http://www.OLearyReport.com. To interview Brad, contact Shawna Shriner at (703) 272-1500 or shawnashriner (at) pm-direct (dot) com.

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