Matt Evans has linked to a Life News report on exit polls showing that of all the Super Tuesday voters, Utah GOP voters were the most pro-life.
Note that these voters weren’t asked if they were pro-life or not. They were asked when abortion should be illegal; voters who responded that it should be mostly or always illegal were classified as pro-life and Utah had the highest percentage, 85%.
Curiously Life News didn’t mention that Utah had the highest percentage of pro-life voters. That may be due to another curious fact. Utah actually had the lowest percentage of voters who thought abortion should be always illegal, 10%, beating out Massachussetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New York. But Utah by far had the highest percentage who thought abortion should be mostly illegal. 75%.
As everyone knows, its universally acknowledged that statistics about Utahns are really statistics about Mormons everywhere. But the extremely high percentages who thought abortion should be mostly illegal and the low percentages who thought it should be always illegal make me think in this case the universal truth might really be true. Not to mention that 90% of the GOP voters voted for Romney.
I’ve seen surveys on pro-life attitudes before that broke out the results by religion, but I can’t find them just now (nor could I find Utah exit poll data with cross tabs). The actual proportion of Mormon pro-life voters would obviously vary depending on the number of pro-choice gentile Republicans in Utah and the number of pro-choice Mormon Democrats and any systematic differences between Mormons in Utah and elsewhere. But obviously a pretty high percentage of my fellow Saints are pro-life and I’m proud of them. They give us a shine.
Pro-lifers should take also take note that apparently you get a higher over-all percentage of pro-life voters when you are willing to allow some exceptions.
P.S. For a collection of T&S discussions on abortion, see here:
If you’re wanting to bloviate on abortion in general, see here: