The American voters vehemently oppose the defunding of Planned Parenthood, and by extension, do not favor shutting down the federal government over the issue. The “unrealistic” wing of the Republican Party, that outgoing House Speaker John Boehner referred to yesterday as “false prophets,” strongly favor the shutdown. However, in a poll released this morning by Quinnipiac University National, the American voters oppose the shutdown 69 – 23 percent, including 56 – 36 percent among Republicans. As we reported earlier today, Speaker Boehner (R-OH) made abundantly clear Sunday just how he feels about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — effectively calling him a “jackass” on CBS’s “Face the Nation” when it came to shutting down the federal government.
The campaign of Hillary Clinton said that defunding Planned Parenthood would mean fewer health care services for 650,000 women and hurting an organization that provides nearly 700,000 HIV tests and 500,000 breast exams a year. “I’ll give Republicans this much – they’re determined. Sadly, these constant efforts to defund Planned Parenthood are worse than just crassly partisan attacks. They will undermine vital preventative health care services for women,” said Clinton Campaign Director of Rapid Response Christina Reynolds.
By a smaller 52 – 41 percent, voters oppose cutting off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds. There is a large gender gap as men support a fund cutoff 49 – 44 percent, while women oppose the cutoff 60 – 34 percent. Opposition to the cutoff is 82 – 12 percent among Democrats and 56 – 37 percent among independent voters. Republicans support the cutoff 71 – 25 percent.
By a small 44 – 39 percent, with another large gender gap, American voters have a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood. Women have a favorable opinion 50 – 35 percent, while men have an unfavorable opinion 43 – 38 percent.
Offered four options on abortion, American voter opinion is:
• 22 percent say abortion should be legal in all cases;
• 35 percent say abortion should be legal in most cases;
• 28 percent say abortion should be illegal in most cases;
• 12 percent say abortion should be illegal in all cases.
“While voter support for Planned Parenthood is tepid, most American voters, especially women and Democrats, don’t want to cut off federal funding,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
“And voters say 3-1, ‘Don’t shut down the federal government over this issue.’ Most Republicans oppose a shutdown.”