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A Fox News survey released last Friday showed that 45 percent of Americans need to know a candidate’s position on abortion before they vote, while 53 percent said they do not. The survey is the latest to show that abortion still has a significant impact for voters, despite media pronouncements to the contrary.

Additionally last week, a CBS News survey showed over half of the public opposes most or all abortions, and now a new poll from Bloomberg News and The Los Angeles Times has found the same thing. Approximately 40 percent of those polled said abortion should be illegal 98 percent of the time — “except in cases of rape, incest and to save the mother’s life.”

Of interest is that the Alan Guttemacher Institute, which is affiliated with Planned Parenthood, shows that only two percent of all abortions are done in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life. Therefore, results of the CBS poll indicate that 54 percent of Americans oppose 98 percent of all abortions. This CBS poll was conducted using a random sample of 1282 adults, nationwide, interviewed by telephone between October 12-16.

Recent articles in The New York Times and other mainstream media outlets have suggested that evangelical voters have lost their focus and are now “irrelevant.” Dave Kinnaman of the Barna Research Group said a soon-to-be-published study will show that abortion is still a major issue to nine out of 10 evangelicals.