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Associated Press - Ipsos abortion poll sham uncovered?

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After a quick glance by WorldNetDaily’s astute Sarah Kupelian,
the question asked in a recent story of a big poll on abortion points to a sham. 

The results of the poll ostensibly showed that Americans favor Bush only appointing new Supreme Court judges that would uphold Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision which legalized abortions. 

Kupelian’s report on this poll shows the bias and the dishonesty in the poll question itself—a question which leads to the answer and final poll result they were apparently seeking.  Naturally the poll results were well-reported by the liberal media.  I was among the surprised readers. 

In my opinion this is a classic example of poor, liberal biased polling with an obvious political (liberal) agenda attached to it.  And when it’s done by two supposedly objective and very well-known media firms on a matter of life and death, it is indeed a serious abrogation of responsibility. 

If the allegation is correct, I think this matter puts into serious question the credibility of both the Associated Press who commissioned the poll, and Ipsos-Public Affairs, who conducted it. 

AP abortion poll misleads respondents

News giant claims Roe v. Wade legalized procedure only in first 3 months

A recent Associated Press survey showed a surprisingly large percentage of Americans in favor of upholding the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision, but the poll question itself was misleading, telling respondents Roe legalized abortion only in the first three months of pregnancy — rather than throughout the entire nine months.

According to the poll, conducted Nov. 19-21 by Ipsos-Public Affairs, 59 percent of Americans want President Bush to nominate Supreme Court justices who would uphold Roe v. Wade. Some 31 percent of respondents wanted new justices who would overturn the decision and 10 percent were unsure.

The question posed by Ipsos on behalf of the Associated Press was as follows:

“As you may know, President Bush may have the opportunity to appoint several new justices to the U.S. Supreme Court during his second term. The 1973 Supreme Court ruling called Roe v. Wade made abortion in the first three months of pregnancy legal. Do you think President Bush should nominate Supreme Court justices who would uphold the Roe v. Wade decision, or nominate justices who would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision?”

In reality, Roe v. Wade struck down all laws restricting abortion in all 50 states, in effect legalizing abortion throughout the entire nine months of gestation.

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