I happened to catch Donna Brazile (Chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute) on CBS this morning, stating that a "vast majority of Americans" support abortion. This did not sound even close to being correct to me, but since no one challenged the statement, I looked up a poll on the subject. Here is what I found: Gallup/CNN/USA Today polls:A series of polls were taken of American adults during May, June and November, 2005. 2 They seem to show a significant shift in the pro-choice direction: First, they asked the question: "Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?" Results were: Response: 2005-MAY 2005-JUN 2005-NOV Legal under any circumstances 23% 24% 26% Legal under most circumstances 12% 15% 16% Legal only under a few circumstances 40% 40% 39% Illegal in all circumstances 22% 20% 16% No opinion/no response 3% 1% 3% In their 2005-NOV poll they asked the additional question: "Next, do you favor or oppose each of the following proposals:" Question: Favor Oppose A law requiring women under 18 to get parental consent for any abortion For: 69% Against 28% A law requiring that the husband of a married woman be notified if she decides to have an abortion For: 64% Against: 34% A constitutional amendment to ban abortion in all circumstances, except when necessary to save the life of the mother For: 37% Against: 61% Does any of this look to you like there is a "vast majority" in favor of abortion on demand? Note that only 52% favor abortion in all or most circumstances; the rest who do favor it want it in only "a few circumstances" which usually means life of mom, rape or incest. The proponents of abortion on demand are far from a vast majority; more like a slim one. The number of people who want the right to abortion without consent, and without restriction, is very low, in the low to mid 20% range. Particularly telling are the stats on getting parental and spousal consent. Also note that the question about a Constitutional ban conveniently leaves out rape and incest as exceptions to the a ban. Other polls I looked at did not even have a separate category for "legal only under a few circumstances", as this Gallup/CNN/USA Today poll did. The result is that people who favor abortion only if to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape/incest, get lumped into the general "favoring abortion" category with those who favor abortion on demand, with no cosnent requirements, up to and including partial birth abortions. That is misleading at best. Btw, George Will raised the point that if Roe is overturned, abortion becomes a state legislative issue, so why all the terror over Roe. There was no clear rebuttal to his point. The MSM continue to allow unsubstantiated, unclarified, and unchallenged comments like this "vast majority" one, and except in those rare "Rathergate" instances, the public will continue to be misled and lied to.