“Some have suggested that as part of healthcare reform, the law should be changed so that the federal government pays for abortions for women who have government-funded health insurance. Generally speaking, do you support or oppose using tax dollars to pay for women obtaining abortions in cases other than rape or incest?”
Opposition outweighed support 67%-27%. As to intensity: 58% of women strongly rejected funding abortions using tax dollars. Majorities of women of all ages, races, marital and parental statuses, incomes, educational attainments and regions formed a consensus and said it is inappropriate to tap government coffers for funding abortions.
Perhaps what was most notable to us was the fact that even a majority of Democrats (55%) also opposed (as did an unsurprising 66% of Independents and 84% of Republicans). And, a majority (53%) of women who pulled the lever for Obama about a year ago rejected the proposition.
Conservative Democrats – a very important demographic in this healthcare debate – opposed at an even higher rate than moderates overall (76% vs. 63%).