Chuck Todd Only Cites Polls Suggesting Public Support for Abortion

NewsBusters | 5/16/2019 | Staff
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On Wednesday's MTP Daily, host Chuck Todd cited two polls suggesting the public was mostly supportive of abortion. By contrast, a couple of days earlier when Steve Kornacki was fill in host for the same show, he was more accurate in admitting that polling can also be found that suggests most Americans oppose abortion.

As the group discussed the law recently passed in Alabama that makes abortion illegal throughout a pregnancy without making exceptions for rape victims, NBC correspondent Heidi Przybyla argued that the Alabama law would make it easier for Democrats "to paint the Republicans as being the harsh, extremists in this situation."

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After she added, "And the polling bears that out, too," host Todd jumped in with polling results: "Let me put it on the screen here. From the midterm, we have a few different ways I want to put it up here." He then showed an NBC News exit poll from November 2018 finding that 66 percent indicated they wish to keep the Roe v. Wade decision intact.

But as National Review noted last summer:

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A Pew Research Center poll taken in 2013 found that only 62 percent of respondents were aware that Roe v. Wade dealt with abortion. Seventeen percent thought Roe v. Wade dealt with some other public-policy issue and 20 percent were unfamiliar with the decision. Furthermore, even many who realize Roe v. Wade dealt with abortion fail to understand the full implications of the decision. Many wrongly think that overturning Roe v. Wade would result in national ban on abortion, instead a reversal of Roe would return the issue to the states.

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