Indiana Right to Life reaction to Hoosier opinion poll on abortion

December 12, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Ball State University and WISH-TV released results of a survey where 602 Hoosiers were asked their feelings on abortion. When asked about the legality of abortions, 52 percent of respondents indicated abortions should be legal in most or all cases, while 41 percent of respondents said abortions should be illegal in all or most cases.

Indiana Right to Life’s President and CEO, Mike Fichter, reacted to the survey results in the following statement:

“We believe any poll should be taken with a grain of salt, as the only polls that matters are Election Day results. Last month, we saw Hoosiers elect a pro-life supermajority to the General Assembly, a pro-life governor and lieutenant governor, a pro-life attorney general, two new pro-life women to congress and a self-identified pro-life senator. A pro-abortion sentiment was not in play in last month’s Indiana election results.

“It must also be noted that this survey was conducted immediately following the election where pro-life views were targeted both nationally and on Indiana airwaves through $2 million in attack ads. The timing of this poll undoubtedly influenced the results.

“We are in the fight to defend the right to life for the long haul. This survey does not distract us from our mission of protecting the sanctity of life. We’re seeing overwhelming numbers of Hoosiers join the cause for life. This fall, the attendance at our Right to Life affiliates’ banquets exceeded 5,000 Hoosiers. By comparison, the largest abortion provider in Indiana recently only turned out 500 people at their statewide banquet.

“We believe pro-life views remain strong in Hoosiers and our elected officials throughout Indiana.”

The survey was conducted November 12-24, 2012 with a margin of sampling error of +/-4.5 percent. More details are available on WISHTV.com.

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