According to a new poll, the majority of voters in New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania — three Senate battleground states — are opposed to defunding Planned Parenthood.
The poll showed that nearly 7 in 10 voters in the three states opposed the Republican-backed campaign to cease funding for Planned Parenthood. The campaign began after undercover video surfaced online that appeared to show evidence that the women’s health provider profited from fetal tissue sales.
“The idea of shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood would be a political debacle for the Republican party brand and for the Republican candidates in 2016 who are running for re-election,” Hart Research Associates President Geoff Garin said. Hart Research was hired by Planned Parenthood to conduct the poll.
The poll also showed that two-thirds of voters would be less likely to vote for incumbent Republicans, such as Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, if they supported defunding the organization.
“(Voters) definitely want to see Sens. (Rob) Portman (of Ohio), Toomey and Ayotte take a strong stand right now,” Federation of America and Action Fund executive vice president Dawn Lagoons said.