The PJ Tatler

NBC/WSJ Poll: Plurality Support 20-Week Abortion Limit

President Obama and Wendy Davis are on the wrong side of the abortion issue.

As Republican-led legislatures have worked to restrict abortion in many states, a plurality of Americans say they support efforts to ban abortions after 20 weeks, assuming the mother’s life isn’t in immediate danger, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Forty-four percent of respondents said they support banning abortions taking place 20 weeks or more after fertilization, while 37 percent oppose it. Twelve states have passed laws restricting abortions after that time, most recently in Texas after a high-profile debate. That battle featured a lengthy filibuster by Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis who attracted national attention for her efforts but did not stop the eventual passage of the law.

Even nearly one in five who call themselves abortion rights supporters are in favor of a ban after 20 weeks.

Davis exposed herself as a radical and became the latest high-profile Texas Democrat failure. The poll found that the split between pro-life and pro-choice is in the noise, 49-48.

On a cautionary note for Republicans, 52% fear that the party will go too far on social issues. That fear can be attributed to media hype against the GOP and backing of the Democrats, who are never ever cast in the media as radical on anything.