Rhode Island voters overwhelmingly oppose New York-style abortion law: Poll

By | February 14, 2019

An overwhelming majority of voters in Rhode Island oppose superpermissive abortion laws like the one passed recently in New York, according to a new survey.

Seventy-three percent of respondents polled by the firm Cygna said they “oppose” legislation “allowing abortion until the moment of a live birth.” Of that number, 64.6 percent said they “strongly oppose.”

Those are some impressive opposition numbers from a state that’s not known for being conservative. The last time the voters of Rhode Island supported a Republican presidential nominee over a Democrat was 35 years ago, when former President Ronald Reagan went on to win every single state in 1984, expect for Minnesota.

The Cygna survey, which polled 700 likely general election voters in the Ocean State and contains a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points, was commissioned by the Citizens for Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness, a pro-life group.

The poll also found that 68.9 percent of those surveyed oppose partial-birth abortions in all situations, that 63.9 percent are against second-trimester abortions in all situations, and that 63.0 percent oppose removing restrictions on who can legally perform abortions — for example, permitting non-doctors to do them.

In other words, voters in Rhode Island are not in any way ready for the sort of legislation championed by Democratic lawmakers in New York and Virginia.

In the Empire State, Democratic lawmakers recently passed a law that allows for abortions to be performed up until the moment of birth. They also removed and repealed all mentions of abortion from the state’s penal code, which enables legal loopholes where a man who murders a pregnant woman cannot face an abortion felony charge. In Virginia, a Democratic House delegate proposed a bill that would allow for abortions to be performed even when the mother is dilating. The bill, which will never make it through the Republican controlled House of Delegates, received enthusiastic backing from Virginia’s Democratic Gov., and blackface enthusiast, Ralph Northam.

However, based on the Cygna survey, as well as historical polling trends showing the public’s low opinion of partial-birth abortion, these bills might be more Democratic overreach than a sign of where the voters in the country are prepared to go.