For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 24, 2018
New NARAL Poll Shows Reproductive Rights Will Be Key Issue for 2018 California Voters and Candidates
80% said women’s rights and reproductive rights are important to how they vote, including 90% of women

San Francisco, CA—Ahead of next week’s public forum on reproductive rights with leading gubernatorial candidates, a new poll from NARAL Pro-Choice America shows California voters are strongly supportive of abortion rights and will consider it as a deciding factor for their vote in the 2018 election cycle. The Change Research poll found 80% of those surveyed said women’s rights and reproductive rights are important to how they vote, including 90% of women. The poll results prove that the candidates’ positions on reproductive freedom will be a critical issue in the 2018 California gubernatorial race as well as campaigns up and down the ballot.

“Whether it’s the Governor’s race, or a member of the California House delegation, any California candidate who does not support abortion rights will pay a price for it in the 2018 elections,” said Amy Everitt, State Director, NARALPro-Choice California. “The enthusiasm we saw at the Women’s Marches has only gotten stronger. These new poll results prove that pro-choice voters are energized to vote and are poised to be a deciding factor in 2018 campaigns.”

Candidates for Governor of California will be at NARAL Pro-Choice California’s Forum for Choice 2018 in San Francisco next Tuesday to discuss their experience, commitment, and vision for reproductive freedom.

Among the findings from the new poll:

  • The vast majority of Californians, 84%, support a woman’s right to choose. This includes a majority of Trump voters—56%—and a full 97% of Clinton voters. And it crosses gender lines: nearly 80% of men join the almost 90% of women who are pro-choice.
  • Eighty percent of those surveyed said that women’s rights and reproductive rights are important to how they vote—including 90% of women.
  • Women list reproductive rights and women’s rights among their 3 most important issues, more important than jobs & the economy.
  • With under five months until the gubernatorial primary, 50% of voters are still undecided.

You can read the complete methodology and results here. This poll was conducted January 12-15 by Change Research.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”
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