|For Immediate Release: January 24, 2018
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.