By Kathleen Gilbert
ASBURY PARK, New Jersey, August 17, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Nearly half of U.S. voters say it's too easy to obtain an abortion in America, while only a fraction say it is too difficult, according to a Rassmussen Reports survey released Monday. In addition, the pollster reported that twice as many pro-life voters as pro-abort voters surveyed said they considered abortion an important factor in casting their ballot.
Only 15 percent of respondents in the August 11-12 telephone survey said obtaining the procedure was too difficult, while 48 percent said getting an abortion was too easy. Twenty-three percent said the level of difficulty was about right, and 14 percent were unsure.
The results showed a slight increase in opposition to the procedure's availability from a survey three years ago, which found 45 percent calling abortions too easy to obtain, 22 percent calling it too hard, and 21 percent calling abortion availability about right.
More women than men in the new survey felt that abortions were too easy to obtain, at 53 percent and 49 percent, respectively. In addition, 58 percent of women say abortion is morally wrong in most cases, while 49 percent of men share that view.
In terms of voting, 33 percent of respondents said the issue is "very important" to how they will cast their ballot; 28 percent said it is "somewhat important," 25 percent "not very important," and 12 percent "not at all important." While 49 percent polled as pro-choice and 43 percent pro-life, the pro-life respondents were twice as likely as their pro-choice counterparts to call the issue important to their voting choice.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, told LifeSiteNews.com that the results mirrored her organization's surveys in the districts of "pro-life" Democrats who voted for the abortion-expanding federal health care legislation - lawmakers the SBA List has been aggressively campaigning against.
The results, she said, also "echo the hunger for authentic pro-life leadership" that the group noticed on its recent “Votes Have Consequences” bus tour.