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Media quotes Ford Foundation funded abortion survey despite the fact that Planned Parenthood prez sits on Ford’s Board and one author is a Planned Parenthood defender

Posted in Ford, Left Wing Religious Groups, Media Bias, Planned Parenthood Employee with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2011 by saynsumthn

A new poll out today claims that abortion is not one of the issues on which the children are more liberal than their parents. The media is reporting its somewhat skewed results despite the fact that the funding for the poll was done by the very pro-abortion Ford Foundation, whose board of Trustees, include the President of the nation’s LARGEST ABORTION CLINIC- Cecile Richards.

The title itself sounds skewed to a pro-abortion bent: Committed to Availability, conflicted about Morality.

Cecile Richards, President Planned Parenthood

in 2010, Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced Cecile Richards, president of PPFA and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, was elected to join the Ford Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Left Wing NPR quoted the head of the Public Religion Research Institute, who did the survey, but did not explaining that the survey was funded by the left-wing pro-abortion FORD foundation, famous for funding abortion causes, “Don’t get me wrong, they are pro-choice. Six in 10 millennials say abortion should be legal in all or most cases,” says Robert Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute and lead author of the study.

They claim that…..the survey found that millennials are more divided on all sorts of things when it comes to abortion.

For example, they claim….while the millennials and their parents are close together on their opinions about whether abortion should be legal, the younger generation is eight percentage points more likely to think that at least some health care providers should provide legal abortions. That means many of those young people who believe abortion should not be legal also believe it should be legally available. (HMMM- sounds like a Plug for Planned Parenthood, think this is a skewed survey?)

The Public Religion Research Institute found that among every age group surveyed, overlapping majorities said they described themselves as both “pro-choice” and “pro-life.” For millennials, three-quarters said they identified with the term pro-choice, while 65 percent said they could also be described as pro-life. ( AGAIN- Try looking at the ones who funded it and who will gain from its results)

Another interesting fact – UNDISCLOSED by the media is that one of the survey’s author served as General Counsel for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington

Rachel Laser is the Culture Program Director at Third Way, a progressive Washington, DC-based think tank. Laser was Senior Counsel in the Health and Reproductive Rights group at the National Women’s Law Center, where she focused on abortion, family planning and judicial nominations and directed their Pharmacy Refusal Project. Prior to NWLC, Ms. Laser served as General Counsel for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington and at a DC women’s health lobbying firm, where she focused on maternal health issues. Ms. Laser graduated from Harvard University and the University of Chicago Law School, where she was on the staff of the University of Chicago Law Review. Ms. Laser clerked for Federal Judge Peter Messitte of the Southern District of Maryland.

Video below, hear survey author, Rachel Laser say, ” I worked for 6 years in the abortion rights community and I stand here today committed to abortion rights as I ever was.”

Read Survey here ( Committed to Availability, conflicted about Morality)

National Right to Life’s Dave Andrusko summarizes the results:

1. The wording of the question on the basic legality dictates that in the population as a whole, “a solid majority” will come to the preferred conclusion. A combined 51% say abortion should be legal in all cases (19%) or most cases (37%). A total of 40% say abortion should be illegal in all cases (14%) or most cases (26%). The numbers for Millennials are almost identical.

But as we have pointed out several times in the last week, when more discerning questions are asked (what does “most” mean?), you discover that, in fact, “61% now preferring that abortion be legal in only a few circumstances or no circumstances,” according to Lynda Saad of Gallup. “Only 37% want abortion legal in all or most circumstances.”

And, even more intriguing, the authors concede that “Millennials are less supportive of legal abortion than their demographic profile would suggest” (meaning, for example, they are less religious). As they mature, typically they take their faith more seriously which is strongly associated with a heightened respect for life.

2. We read, “The binary ‘pro-choice’/’pro-life’ labels do not reflect the complexity of Americans’ views on abortion.” In many ways this illustrates how slippery the entire enterprise is. If you ask most people whether either label “describes them at least somewhat well” [my emphasis], most people will yes and yes. When you ask people to choose one or the other, sometimes there are more self-identified “pro-choicers” than “pro-lifers,” and vice versa.

But the more interesting finding is that overwhelmingly respondents agreed that is more socially acceptable to be pro-choice (53%) than pro-life (32%). The only fair conclusion to draw is that if neither were more socially acceptable, the % self-identifying as pro-life would be higher.

Having said that, what is buried in the numbers?

1. While the economic is more often described as a critical issue, 29% say abortion is a critical issue and another 29% said it is one among many important issues. That’s not insignificant. How “salient” is the issue? ”Those who opposed legal abortion are more than three times as likely as those who support legal abortion to say it is a critical issue.” Moreover 2/3rds (65%) of those who say abortion should always be illegal say abortion is a crucial issue in contrast to 19% of those who say abortion should legal in all cases. Huge intensity/single issue difference. Unfortunately, the breakout for the Millennials was not included.

2. Prior to the quantitative survey, Public Religion Research Institute conducted four focus groups with “politically moderate 18-29 year olds.” They asked them to say the first word that came to mind when they heard the term “abortion.’ The results were overwhelming. 54% of the words “are negative and more associated with opposing legal abortion.” Those included “death” killing” and ‘sad.” Only 16% of the responses “are more associated with affirming legal abortion.” But if you look at the actual list, there are much more personal comments such as “disgusting,” “scary,” “killing an innocent life,” and “young mothers.”

3. Millennials overwhelmingly support parental consent (71%).

4. There is a quirky section about “influences,” which I will return to next week. Clearly the authors’ goal is to minimize the impact of seeing an ultrasound. But in the end, “[W]hen we applied other demographic controls in order to understand the isolated effect of seeing an ultrasound image, we find a modest but significant negative impact on support for legal abortion. In other words, Americans who have recently seen an ultrasound are less likely to say abortion should be legal in all or most cases than those who have not.”

One other important dimension which takes us back to the circumstances under which people “support” abortion. They ask further questions to obtain a “more nuanced understanding of American views about the permissibility of abortion and specific circumstances.” They offer five situations—from the toughest (rape) to not being married.

Surprise, surprise they found that 28% held “mixed” views. Which brings me back to my previous point. There are far more instances in which a woman “is not married and does not want to marry the man” than there are babies with a “strong chanced of serious defect.” There is, unfortunately, strong support for the latter but 39% for the former.

Which is why, to quote Gallup again, “61% now preferring that abortion be legal in only a few circumstances or no circumstances.”

The important thing to remember is that young people are pro-life, especially the 18-25 year olds, and growing more so.

Obama Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius : ‘We’ve Got a Lot of Reeducation to Do’

Posted in Abortion, Health Care with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by saynsumthn

August 31, 2010 12:01 AM

ABC News’ Steven Portnoy reports:

As a widely-watched survey shows support for the new health care reform law slipping, the leader in the reform effort says the administration has “a lot of reeducation to do” to reverse the trend.

The poll, from the Kaiser Family Foundation, shows more Americans now oppose the reform law than favor it, 45 percent to 43 percent, reflecting a seven-point drop in support from the organization’s last survey, released in late July.

Since the law’s passage in late March, the monthly Kaiser survey has been highlighted by backers of health care reform as evidence of increasing support for the measures, as it suggested a slight upward tick in the number of Americans embracing the reforms -– rising as high as 50 percent in last month’s poll. Now, much of the gains have been erased.

The current survey shows only 39 percent of Americans believe the country will be “better off” under the health care reforms, a new low in this poll. Slightly more than half of those questioned say they’re disappointed in the new law.

In an ABC News/Washington Post poll taken in July, 50 percent of Americans disapproved of the president’s handling of health care, with 45 percent saying they approved. Those who disapproved did so more strongly than those who favored the Obama administration’s actions.

In an interview before the latest Kaiser results were released, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told ABC News that the sustained opposition to the Democrats’ health care reform efforts has mainly been a function of “misinformation.”

“Unfortunately there still is a great deal of confusion about what is in [the reform law] and what isn’t,” Sebelius told ABC News Radio on Monday.

With several vulnerable House Democrats now touting their votes against the bill, and Republicans running on repeal of the law, Sebelius said “misinformation given on a 24/7 basis” has led to the enduring opposition nearly six months after the lengthy debate ended in Congress.

“We have a lot of reeducation to do,” Sebelius said.

Rest here

Who is responsible for “Misinformation?”

A letter from Majority Leader Harry Reid to HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius sent on July 21st seems to indicate that Reid has finally read the health care bill, and after discovering it hurts Nevada hospitals more than it helps them, is complaining to the administration. You can read the full Reid letter here:

In the letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Service Kathleen Sebelius, the Senate Majority Leader complains that ObamaCare’s cuts to Medicare will “result in a net reduction in payment to Nevada’s hospitals when they are unable to absorb such a cut.” Furthermore, he questions the method used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to calculate the payments to hospitals, and is “very concerned about potential effects on beneficiary access if this regulation is finalized without adjustment.”

A week after Senator Reid wrote his letter, the Government Accountability Office confirmed that 70 percent of Federally Qualified Health Centers already had costs that were higher than their reimbursements in 2004, a share that had been climbing since 1997.

Re-Education? Can a Tiger change her stripes? Sebelius if radically pro-abortion and does not acknowledge the personhood of unborn children – perhaps she is the one who needs to be “Re-educated” :


Sebelius comments about the rights of the unborn in The Wichita Eagle, October 29, 1989

Sebelius comments about the rights of the unborn in The Wichita Eagle, October 29, 1989

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Rasmussen: 57% Say Health Care Plan Bad For the Country, 59% Favor Repeal

Posted in Health Care with tags , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2010 by saynsumthn

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57% Say Health Care Plan Bad For the Country, 59% Favor Repeal

Monday, August 02, 2010
Voter pessimism towards the new national health care bill has reached an all-time high, while the number of insured voters who feel it will force them to switch their coverage is up 11 points from early last month.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters say the recently passed health care law will be bad for the country. That’s the highest level of pessimism measured since regular tracking began following Congress’ passage of the law in late March. Thirty-two percent (32%) say the health care plan will be good for the United States.

Prior to this survey, belief that the plan is good for the country ranged from 34% to 41%, while those who predict it will be bad for the country range from 49% to 54%.
Yet while 70% of Mainstream voters feel the bill is bad for the country, 80% of the Political Class disagree and see it as a good thing for America.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of all voters now favor repeal of the health care bill. Thirty-eight percent (38%) oppose repeal. These findings include 45% who Strongly Favor repeal and 28% who Strongly Oppose repeal. Support for repeal has ranged from 52% to 63%, while opposition has ranged from 32% to 42%.

Most Republicans and unaffiliated voters continue to strongly favor repeal of the health care bill and believe it will be bad for the country. Democrats, on the other hand, have remained supportive of the bill and feel it will be positive for the country.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 30-31, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

An overwhelming majority (77%) of those with health insurance rate their coverage as good or excellent, while only seven percent (7%) say it’s poor. These figures show little change since early June.

Roughly half (51%) of those insured voters, however, say it’s at least somewhat likely that passage of the health care bill will mean they have to change their insurance. That’s up from 40% in early July and the highest level measured in two months. Twenty-nine percent (29%) say it’s Very Likely.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) believe it’s not likely they will have to switch their insurance.

For the first since President Obama took office, voters see his policies as equally to blame with those of President George W. Bush for the country’s current economic problems.

Forty-four percent (44%) expect their taxes to increase under Obama.

Most voter see cutting spending and cutting deficits as good for the economy.

Poll: Confidence in Barack Obama hits low

Posted in Obama with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2010 by saynsumthn

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Public confidence in President Barack Obama’s ability to make the right decisions for the country’s future has hit a new low, according to a new Washington Post-ABC poll out Tuesday.

Fifty-eight percent of the 1,288 adults polled nationwide said that they have “just some” or no confidence in the president, the low mark of his presidency in the poll.

While Obama’s numbers have dipped, he’s still in better shape than either Democrats or Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Sixty-eight percent said they do not have confidence Democrats while 72 percent said the same of Republicans.

Obama gets a 50 percent approval rating in the poll. But 43 percent approve of the president’s handling of the economy while 44 approve of his approach to regulating the financial industry while 40 percent said the same of his management of the federal budget deficit.

Obama only got a higher than 50 percent approval rating for handling of his duties as commander in chief, for which 55 percent give him good marks.

The poll was conducted July 7-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

More Voters Than Ever View Obama as a ‘Partisan Democrat’; 70 percent of Voters ‘Angry’ with Government Policies

Posted in Health Care, Media Bias, Obama, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2010 by saynsumthn

Thursday, April 01, 2010
By Joe Schoffstall

(CNSNews.com) – A new Rasmussen Report survey shows that 56 percent of likely voters believe President Obama is governing like a partisan Democrat, up three points since last month and currently at the highest level since he took office in January 2009. The week after his inauguration, only 39 percent felt this way.

On President Obama: Only 28 percent of voters questioned said that Obama is governing on a bipartisan basis, tying the lowest levels measured from last month, with 16 percent not sure.

— 53 percent of likely voters are “somewhat concerned” that those opposed to Obama’s policies will resort to violence, while 42 percent do not share that concern.

— To no one’s surprise, Republicans were twice as likely as Democrats to say the president is governing on a partisan basis. But 50 percent of voters with no party affiliation said they believe Obama is governing as a partisan Democrat, while 31 percent believe he is not.

On Congress: Following the health-care vote, 63 percent of all voters see Democrats in Congress as partisan, down three points from last month, while 22 percent see them as bipartisan, up seven points since February.

–78 percent of Republicans and 64 percent of unaffiliated voters see Democrats in Congress behaving in a partisan way; just 49 percent of Democratic voters agree.

— 56 percent of all voters say Republicans in Congress are acting in a partisan fashion, up two points from last month. Only 22 percent say congressional Republicans are acting on a bipartisan basis and 22 percent were undecided.

— 60 percent of Democratic voters say Republicans in Congress are acting like partisan Republicans, up two points from last month, while 53 percent of GOP voters and 54 percent unaffiliated agree.

On Washington and the federal government: Perhaps the most startling finding in the survey is that 70 percent of voters say they are angry with the policies of the federal government, with 48 percent saying they are “very angry.”

— 66 percent of voters expect Washington to grow more partisan over the next year, which is one point below the highest level measured since tracking of the question began in January 2009. Only 12 percent expect Washington to become more cooperative and 22 percent are undecided.

Other results found: 54 percent of voters still favor repealing the health care bill, Just 11 percent of voters rate Congress’ performance as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’, and 52 percent of voters believe the average member of the Tea Party movement has a better understanding of issues facing America than the average member of Congress.

The Rasmussen Report was conducted March 25-26 as a national telephone survey among 1,000 likely voters. The survey has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

AP- Details: Polls show health care support dwindling, One dissenter, “Basically I see our taxes going up!”

Posted in Health Care, Obama with tags , , , , , , , on November 18, 2009 by saynsumthn

AP Poll: Americans fret over health overhaul costs

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and TREVOR TOMPSON (AP) – 2 days ago

WASHINGTON — It’s the cost, Mr. President. Americans are worried about hidden costs in the fine print of health care overhaul legislation, an Associated Press poll says. That’s creating new challenges for President Barack Obama as he tries to close the deal with a handful of Democratic doubters in the Senate.

Although Americans share a conviction that major health care changes are needed, Democratic bills that extend coverage to the uninsured and try to hold down medical costs get no better than a lukewarm reception.

The poll found that 43 percent oppose the health care plans being discussed in Congress, while 41 percent are in support. An additional 15 percent remain neutral or undecided.

Well, for one, I know nobody wants to pay taxes for anybody else to go to the doctor — I don’t,” said Kate Kuhn, 20, of Acworth, Ga. “I don’t want to pay for somebody to use my money that I could be using for myself.

There’s been little change in broad public sentiment about the overhaul plan from a 40-40 split in an AP poll last month, but not everyone’s opinion is at the same intensity. Opponents have stronger feelings than do supporters. Seniors remain more skeptical than younger generations.

The latest survey was conducted by Stanford University with the nonprofit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

When poll questions were framed broadly, the answers seemed to indicate ample support for Obama’s goals. When required trade-offs were brought into the equation, opinions shifted — sometimes dramatically.

In one striking finding, the poll indicated that public support for banning insurance practices that discriminate against those in poor health may not be as solid as it seems.

A ban on denial of coverage because of pre-existing medical problems has been one of the most popular consumer protections in the health care debate. Some 82 percent said they favored the ban, according to a Pew Research Center poll in October.

In the AP poll, when told that such a ban would probably cause most people to pay more for health insurance, 43 percent said they would still support doing away with pre-existing condition denials, but 31 percent said they would oppose it.

Costs for those with coverage could go up because people in poor health who’d been shut out of the insurance pool would now be included, and they would get medical care they could not access before.

“I’m thinking we’d probably pay more because we would probably be paying for those that are not paying. So they got to get the money from somewhere. ,” said Antoinette Gates, 57, of Atlanta.

The health care debate is full of such trade-offs. For example, limiting the premiums that insurance companies can charge 50-year-olds means that 20-year-olds have to pay more for coverage.

These trade-offs really matter,” says Robert Blendon, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health who follows opinion trends. “The legislation contains a number of features that polls have shown to be popular, but support for the overall legislation is less than might be expected because people are worried there are details about these bills that could raise their families’ costs.”

If the added costs — spread over tens of millions of people — turn out to be small, it may not make much difference, Blendon said. But if they’re significant, Obama could be on shaky ground in the final stretch of his drive to deliver access to health insurance to most Americans.

More than 4 in 5 Americans now have health insurance, and their perceptions about costs are key as Obama tries to rally his party’s congressional majority. In the House, Democrats came together to pass their bill. In the Senate, Democratic liberals and a smaller group of moderates disagree on core questions even as Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., prepares to take legislation to the floor.

The poll suggests the public is becoming more attuned to the fact that in health care, details can make all the difference.

For example, asked if everyone should be required to have at least some health insurance, 67 percent agreed and 27 percent said no.

The responses flipped when people were asked about requiring everybody to carry insurance or face a federal penalty: 64 percent said they would be opposed, while 28 percent favored that.

Both the House and Senate bills would require all Americans to get health insurance, either through an employer, a government program or by buying their own coverage. Subsidies would be provided for low-income people, as well as many middle-class households.

And there would also be a stick — a tax penalty to enforce the coverage mandate.

I think it’s crazy. I think it infringes on our rights as a citizen, forcing us to do these things,” said Eli Fuchs, 26, of Marietta, Ga.

Among Democrats, only 12 percent oppose the broad goal of requiring insurance. But 50 percent oppose fines to enforce it.

The poll found a similar opinion shift on employer requirements: 73 percent agreed that all companies should be required to give their employees at least some health insurance.

Yet when asked if fines should be used to enforce such a requirement on medium and large companies, support dropped to 52 percent. Uninsured workers are concentrated in small companies.

The poll was based on land line and cell phone interviews with 1,502 adults from Oct. 29 to Nov. 8. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. The interviews were conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Media. Stanford University’s participation was made possible by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a nonpartisan organization that conducts research on the health care system.

CNN Poll: Majority of Americans don’t want H1N1 flu shot, sites “dangerous side effects” as reason

Posted in Alex Jones, Eugenics, Flu Chip, Flu Shot, Glenn Beck, H1N1, Health Care, Mercury, Swine Flu, Vaccinations, Veri-Chip with tags , , , , , , , on November 18, 2009 by saynsumthn

Posted: November 18th, 2009 11:47 AM ET

From CNN Polling Unit

Washington (CNN) – More than half of all adult Americans say they don’t want to get the H1N1 flu vaccine, according to a new national poll.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday also indicates that the number of adults who have tried to get the vaccine but were turned away is higher than the number of adults who have gotten a swine flu shot.

According to the poll, 55 percent of adults don’t want to get the swine flu vaccine, and don’t plan to get a shot. Another one in five say they want to get inoculated but haven’t taken any steps to do so, 14 percent want a shot and have tried to get it but have been unsuccessful. Just 7 percent have been inoculated for H1N1.

Why are more than half of all Americans shunning the vaccine?

The perception that the vaccine has dangerous side effects is the top reason,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Roughly half of those who don’t want a swine flu shot say that the possibility of side effects is one reason why they don’t plan to get the vaccine. That works out to 28 percent of the adult population who don’t plan to get inoculated due to the risk of dangerous side effects.”

So far officials of the National Institutes of Health say that in clinical trials they’ve seen no serious side effects and that study subjects who have been immunized have generated a good response.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the vaccine for certain high-priority groups because they are more likely to have serious complications if they develop swine flu. These groups include: pregnant women; caregivers and household contacts of children younger than 6 months; everyone between the ages of 6 months and 24 years; and people ages 25 to 64 with existing health problems.

One in four American adults say they don’t plan on getting a shot because they are not in a high-risk group, with 21 percent indicating they don’t plan on getting vaccinated because they only go to a doctor when they are sick. Most of those respondents are men.

What about the 14 percent who have unsuccessfully tried to get the vaccine?

Some say they don’t know where to go – that works out to 4 percent of the total adult population who want to get inoculated but haven’t been able to locate a medical facility that is giving swine flu shots,” adds Holland. “A bigger group, 5 percent of the total population, say that they found a facility with the vaccine were turned away because they were not in a high-risk group or for some other reason. And 3 percent of all adults say they found a facility that had the vaccine but it ran out before they got there.”

Add together those last two groups, and the number of Americans who actively sought the vaccine but were turned away for some reason is 8 percent of the total adult population, roughly the same number as the 7 percent who have been inoculated so far.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted November 13-15, with 1,014 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Full results (pdf) HERE