by Anna Manning
Carolina Journal‘s Lindsay Marchello reports on the most recent Civitas poll results:
When asked whether they consider themselves as pro-life or pro-choice, slightly more voters described themselves as pro-life. Fifty percent of respondents said they were pro-life, compared to 40 percent who identified as pro-choice. The remaining 10 percent were unsure.
Bryson said the responses unsurprisingly fell along party lines, with Republicans and unaffiliated voters more likely to describe themselves as pro-life and Democrats more like to identify as pro-choice.
“The issue of abortion is alive and well in North Carolina politics,” Bryson said.
In what circumstances should abortions be permitted?
The majority of respondents, 24 percent, said only in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger. Nearly 20 percent said abortion should only be allowed only in cases in which the mother’s life was at risk. Eleven percent said women should be allowed to get an abortion at any point during her pregnancy.
Bryson said some people who identified as pro-life also said abortions should be allowed during certain trimesters of a pregnancy. Similarly, some people who identified as pro-choice said abortions should only be allowed in cases of rape, incest, or where the mother’s life was in danger.
Bryson said the definitions of pro-life and pro-choice are often fuzzy.
The Electoral college has gained media attention lately with several Democratic presidential candidates proposing its abolition. Forty-seven percent of N.C. voters think the Electoral College should be abolished, and the president should be elected via the popular vote. Forty-three percent think the Electoral College should stay, and 10 percent are unsure.
Ochsner said it was surprising to see that 21 percent of President Trump’s supporters wanted to abolish the Electoral College. Trump didn’t win the national popular vote during the 2016 presidential election, but he did earn the most electoral votes.
Had the scenario been switched and Trump had lost the Electoral College vote, Bryson said, it’s likely a majority of Republicans would support switching to the national popular vote.
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