A new Gallup poll shows more pro-life Americans refuse to vote for pro-abortion candidates and pro-life Americans are also more likely than pro-abortion Americans to say a candidate’s position on abortion is crucial to their vote.
That enthusiasm gap will be a problem for pro-abortion presidential candidate Joe Biden as he takes on President Donald Trump, who enjoys the support of pro-life groups after building a lengthy pro-life record in the White House.
According to Gallup, “24% of U.S. adults who say they will vote only for a candidate who shares their views on the issue is, along with last year, significantly higher than most other years in the trend.”
In fact that 25% figure is the second highest figure since Gallup began asking the question in 1996, making it clear abortion has become a non-negotiable issue for one quarter of all American voters.
But abortion is more pertinent for pro-life voters and Gallup finds pro-life Americans increasingly refuse to vote for candidates who support killing babies in abortion:
The latest findings, from Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll conducted May 1-13, show the continuation of a trend seen since 2001 whereby Americans who consider themselves to be pro-life are more likely than those who identify as pro-choice to say abortion is a threshold issue.
While these groups have placed varying degrees of importance on the abortion issue in the past, the gap in their views has widened. Currently, 30% of those in the pro-life camp and 19% in the pro-choice camp say they are single-issue voters when it comes to abortion.
Those who consider themselves pro-life are significantly more likely than their pro-choice counterparts to say they will vote only for a candidate who shares their views on abortion.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue tells LifeNews.com that the poll does not bode well for Joe Biden.
“Trump is pro-life and Biden is pro-abortion,” he said. “The key issue, of course, is whether abortion is the taking of an innocent human life or not. Gallup reported last year that 96% of 5,500 biologists surveyed said that life begins at fertilization. This is Trump’s position as well. Biden says it is his too, but he adamantly refuses to endorse it as a matter of public policy.”
“I’m prepared to accept at the moment of conception there’s human life and being,” Biden said in 2015, “but I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing, non-God-fearing people that have a different view.”
Donohue said: “It is preposterous to say that the issue of when life begins can be dissolved to a mere “view.” Science does not take a “view” on this subject: it declares, on the basis of empirical evidence, that life begins at conception. Similarly, science offers proof—it is not a “view”—that the earth is round.”
“On the subject of abortion, Biden is on the wrong side of the public (including Independents), the wrong side of science, the wrong side of history, and the wrong side of morality,” he concluded.