Monday, August 23, 2004
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The Roe Effect

James Taranto at Opinion Journal: Duncan Currie of The Weekly Standard reports on a new Pace Poll that finds "new voters are trending pro-life on abortion":
Pace Poll researchers slice the new voter demographic into four groups. There are those who believe "abortions should be legal and generally available" (21 percent); those who feel "regulation of abortion is necessary, although it should remain legal in many circumstances" (23 percent); those who say "abortion should be legal only in the most extreme cases, such as to save the life of the mother, incest, or rape" (41 percent); and those who think "all abortions should be made illegal" (13 percent). The survey shows that, essentially, 44 percent of new voters are pro-choice while 54 percent are pro-life. Among first-time Latino voters, pro-lifers outnumber pro-choicers 61 percent to 34 percent; among blacks, the pro-life/pro-choice breakdown is 59 percent/42 percent. Self-described "moderates" similarly tend to be more pro-life (52 percent) than pro-choice (45 percent).
The poll results, in PDF, are here. Forty-five percent of participants are under 25, and an even higher percentage would be under 31, the cohort affected by Roe v. Wade.