Americans Side with the Right
A new Quinnipiac poll touches on a number of recent left-right political battles being waged at the state and federal level. For the most part, Americans side with the conservative position on all of them. Here are some highlights:
20 Week Abortion Bans/Restrictions
A number of states have recently moved to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Most notably, Texas was in the headlines when state legislator Wendy Davis temporarily halted passage and became a “hero” in the and to liberals. Despite all of her favorable coverage, common-sense still rules the day. By almost a 2-1 margin, Americans support moving restriction-free abortions up a month to 20 weeks. The 20-week switch was overwhelmingly supported by Republicans and Independents and even slightly by Democrats. The tougher restrictions were also overwhelmingly supported by all racial groups, with Hispanics being the most pro-life of all. Good luck winning Texas on the issue.
Stand Your Ground Laws
Despite Democratic and Media (though I repeat myself) hysteria over both the George Zimmerman trial and guns recently, Americans still believe in self-defense. Both President Obama and Attorney general Eric Holder attempted to falsely tie the Zimmerman trial to Stand Your Ground laws. Stand Your Ground laws do not require a person to retreat if they are in danger. However, the argument was never used by Zimmerman or presented as a basis for defense. But no need to let a crisis go to waste, and so the President urged this particular law be repealed by states, even though it would have done nothing to prevent the Zimmerman/Martin incident. By 53-40, Americans stand by Stand Your Ground with both Republicans and Independents strongly in favor of the law.
Rand Paul has the lead on the privacy concerns related to the government phone “scanning” program. By 55-41%, Americans say that it is too much intrusion into Americans personal privacy. Other questions on the validity of the program were split, and that likely has to do with many people believing in the program to some degree, myself included, but just not to the extreme measure that it is seemingly now being used.
The results of this question are inconclusive. I oppose the bill passed by the US Senate but would probably have said “yes” to the question as asked. The wording claims that illegal aliens could apply for citizenship after 13 years if they paid a fine and learned English while also providing for double the number of border agents and double the amount of border fence. All of that is dandy and if such a bill, if it existed, would probably win easy support. But the Senate bill is loaded with loopholes and absolutely no enforcement mechanism to ensure any of that gets done outside of the citizenship part. By 61-34%, Americans support the question as it was worded. But then, so would I. The question emphasized border security and it gave 5 items on the conservative wish list (pay a fine, English requirement, 13 year waiting period, more border agents, more fencing) and just one item on the Democrats wish list (eventual citizenship). Clearly Americans want both border enforcement and an eventual path to citizenship, not just one without the other as the current bill proposes.