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Texas Voters Oppose Abortion Legislation

Texas Voters Oppose Abortion Legislation

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A poll conducted June 17-19 finds that Texas voters oppose abortion legislation.
A poll conducted June 17-19 finds that Texas voters oppose abortion legislation.

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WORLD HEADQUARTERS10 G Street, NE, Suite 500Washington, DC 20002EUROPEAN HEADQUARTERS405 Carrington House6 Hertford StreetLondon UK W1J 7SULATIN AMERICAN HEADQUARTERSCabrera 6060, 7 DC1414 BHNCiudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
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June 21, 2013
Voters Oppose Governor Perry’s Omnibus
 Abortion Bill
Bipartisan Statewide Survey of Likely Voters in Texas
To:
Interested Parties
From:
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Chesapeake BeachConsulting
 A majority of Texans oppose the legislation currently being considered by the legislature thatimposes restrictions on abortion and 80 percent do not want abortion to be raised during thespecial session of the legislature called at the end of May by Governor Rick Perry. Of registered voters, 63 percent say the state has enough restrictions on abortion and 71percent thinking that the Governor and legislature should be more focused on the economy and jobs. A majority opposes the sort of legislation passed by the state Senate and beingconsidered by the state House during this legislative Special Session, believing that it imposesfurther restrictions on abortion. Overall, only 34 percent trust the Governor and the legislature
to make decisions about women’s healthcare.
The following memo is based on a statewide survey
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of 601 registered voters in Texas,conducted June 17
 –
19, 2013. These data are subject to a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percentagepoints at a 95 percent confidence level. The survey is representative of the Texas electorate. Among those surveyed, 49 percent self-identify as Republicans and 37 percent identify asDemocrats; ideologically, 46 percent say they are conservative, 33 percent identify asmoderates, and 15 percent are liberal.Major findings include:
Nearly three quarters of voters (74 percent) in the state say personal, private medicaldecisions about whether to have an abortion should be made by a woman, her family,and her doctor, not by politicians; just 19 percent of voters think government has a rightand an obligation to pass restrictions on abortion.
Support for a woman’s ability to make
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Full question wording and topline results are provided in the attached appendix.
 
Texas Statewide Survey Results
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2013 Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, All Rights Reserved. June 2013
decisions on abortion for herself is both broad and deep, including among Independents(76 percent) and Republicans (61 percent).
Fifty-two percent of Texas voters think that abortion should be legal in all or most cases,compared to 39 percent who say it should be illegal in all or most cases. Even amongthose who think abortion should be illegal, a majority (51 percent) believe that personal,private medical decisions about whether to have an abortion should be made by awoman, her family, and her doctor, not by politicians.
Eight in ten voters agree that the special session should be focused on issues like
”education, jobs, and economy instead of bringing up social issues like abortion”
; 71percent think that the Governor and the legislature should spend less time passing lawsrestricting abortion. Again, both Independent and Republican voters share this view.
Overall, a majority (51 percent) oppose the current legislation in the legislature, which
“would place new restrictions and regulat
ion on abortion providers that would likely resultin the closure of all but five abortion clinics in the state of Texas, all of which are locatedalong the I-
35 corridor and would ban most abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy.”
 
While voters are split on wh
ether or not women’s access
to healthcare is beingthreatened in the state (43 percent each threatened and not threatened), 57 percent do
not trust the Governor or the legislature to make decisions about women’s healthcare.
In sum, this legislation is not a reflection of any voter sentiment that this is an important issue for the Governor and legislature to take up or any desire for further restrictions on abortion. Indeed,a majority opposes this legislation, being devised by politicians they do not particularly trust on
women’s health issues.
 
 
Texas Statewide Survey Results
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2013 Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, All Rights Reserved. June 2013
Appendix: Frequency Questionnaire
June 17-19, 2013
601 Registered Voters
Q.1 First of all, are you registered to vote at this address?
Total
Yes ................................................................................... 100No ........................................................................................ -Don't know ........................................................................... -(ref:NRV)Q.2 I know it's a long way off, but what are the chances of your voting in the election for Governor, U.S. Congress, and other offices in November 2014 -- are you almost certain to vote,will you probably vote, are the chances 50-50, or don't you think you will vote?
Total
 Almost certain .................................................................... 70Probably ............................................................................. 1950-50 ................................................................................... 8Will not vote ........................................................................ 4(Don't know/Refused) .......................................................... 0(ref:WILLVOTE)Q.3 In general, how closely do you follow news about politics, government and current events --very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not closely at all?
Total
Very closely ........................................................................ 27Fairly closely ...................................................................... 40Not too closely ................................................................... 24Not closely at all .................................................................. 9(Don't know/Refused) ........................................................... -
Total close ........................................................................ 67Total not close .................................................................. 33Close - Not Close ............................................................. 35
(ref:FOLCLOSE)

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