Planned Parenthood Poll: Pennsylvania is Pro-Choice

Planned Parenthood commissioned a poll from Normington, Petts & Associates to measure Pennsylvania’s pro-choice v pro-life inclination and favorability of the major parties.

Pennsylvanians identify narrowly as pro-choice, 47% to 42% pro-life. Planned Parenthood performed slightly better than one of their main issues, with 52% favorable to just 25% unfavorable. This would be an appropriate time to mention that, as always, polls commissioned by interest groups should be taken with a grain of salt as the results tend to support said-interests.

“With just over six months left until the November elections, this poll demonstrates the risks associated with legislative attacks on women’s reproductive health care,” said Sari Stevens, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates. “Any political pundit will tell you that women decide elections, as they just did in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race, and Pennsylvania is no exception. We are thrilled to have such a strong base of support among these important segments of the voting population.”

The poll also examined the favorability of each major political party.

The Democratic Party breaks even on favorability, 40% positive to 40% negative, with 20% neutral, can’t rate or don’t know. Broken down by sex, the Democrats perform better with women, 46% to 36%.

On the other side of the aisle, the Republican Party earns a 31% favorable rating compared to a 43% unfavorable rating. Alternatively, they do not perform nearly as well with women, 27% favorable to 46% favorable.

Independents gave the Democrats a 35% favorable rating, 21% favorable for Republicans and 53% favorable for Planned Parenthood.

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Source: Planned Parenthood PA Advocates

This was a telephone survey among 600 registered voters in Pennsylvania who are likely to vote in the general election in November 2014. The survey was conducted from March 31 through April 2, 2014, by trained, professional interviewers following procedures established by Normington, Petts & Associates.

All polls are subject to errors caused by interviewing a sample of persons, rather than the entire population. In 95 cases out of 100, the responses to this survey should fall within plus or minus 4.0 percentage points of those that would have been obtained from interviewing the entire population of likely general election voters in Pennsylvania. The sampling error for subgroups of the survey will be greater.

The data were weighted by age and party identification within region to better reflect the composition of the electorate.

April 15th, 2014 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 4 Comments

4 thoughts on “Planned Parenthood Poll: Pennsylvania is Pro-Choice”

  1. Liz says:

    It should be 0, yes, but the numbers are pretty stellar for PP. Not that anyone should be surprised republicans are less popular with women, but independents is helpful in an election cycle.

  2. David Diano says:

    Anthony is right. The chart should use 0% as the baseline, not 20%, so the bars are proportional.

  3. Scott says:

    I’m skeptical of the small sample size, but Normington, Petts & Associates seems pretty reputable. Still, a random sample of 600 is uncomfortably small; I know Gallup only uses a couple thousand for nationwide surveys but I routinely read research with just as many responses from obscure population subgroups (scientists, for example).

  4. Anthony Bowers says:

    That’s quite the visually misleading chart you posted there.

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