New, More Accurately Worded Poll Shows Majority Wants to Defund Planned Parenthood

Language is an important feature in polling. Survey respondents’ answers depend heavily on how a question is worded. Case in point: Americans’ views on defunding Planned Parenthood.

The debate over Planned Parenthood funding reached a peak this summer after the Center for Medical Progress released its undercover video investigation into the organization, revealing footage that showed officials laughing and having lunch while discussing the sale of aborted baby parts, and abortionists harvesting those baby parts. This inhumane treatment of unborn babies was enough to convince pro-life members of Congress to forward legislation to strip Planned Parenthood of the $500 million it receives each year. The reconciliation bill which included defunding Planned Parenthood for a year passed the Senate last week. Yet, Obama is already preparing his veto pen.

With the controversial organization in the news, recent surveys have tried to get a sense of how much support it still has from the American public.

Earlier this week, a USA Today/Suffolk University poll asked survey participants, “Do you think federal funding for Planned Parenthood should be eliminated – yes or no?”