Despite the constant assertion that conservatives need to drop support for such social issues like abortion to be politically successful, a December 2012 Marist Poll indicates that an overwhelming number of Americans support major restrictions on abortions. This story was covered in an article posted on Life Site News:
A new Marist poll conducted for the Knights of Columbus reveals that 83% of Americans favor significant limitations on what is now essentially abortion on demand. That is up 4 points from last year.
A total of 56% of respondents believe either that abortion should never be permitted (10%), allowed only to save the life of the mother (12%), or only in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother (34%).
The telephone survey of 1,246 adults conducted in early December found that 27% would limit abortion to the first three months of pregnancy, at most. Another 6% would allow abortion during the first six months of pregnancy while only 11% would allow abortion at any time.
Nearly 6 in 10 Americans (58%) also believe abortion is “morally wrong.” And in many ways perhaps most important of all, a full 84% of Americans say laws can protect both mothers and unborn children.
The 83% is up from 79% in January of 2012. Of course for those Americans who see this as an issue that is literally a matter of life and death, its political popularity is of secondary importance to the question of whether it is an issue that should be pursued.