A new poll indicates 63 percent of voters oppose cutting off all taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood in the wake of incriminating undercover videos.
The poll was commissioned by Planned Parenthood and conducted by Hart Research Associates, a liberal think tank based in Washington, D.C. In terms of ideologies, 68 percent of political independents oppose any financial cuts to the organization. Despite Republican lawmakers leading the charge to defund Planned Parenthood, 53 percent of Republican voters oppose defunding the group, The Hill reported.
Voters would also back a candidate who did not support the defunding of Planned Parenthood over one that did by 58 to 26 percent. In terms of the controversial videos, 52 percent of respondents believe Planned Parenthood over the Center For Medical Progress, the conservative group that filmed and posted the videos online.
Critics of the poll signal the wording in the questions as responsible for providing skewed data. The question read:
"Some Republicans in Congress say that because of the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, there should be an immediate vote to end all government funding for Planned Parenthood, including for services Planned Parenthood provides, such as cancer screenings and family planning.
"Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with the Republicans who say Congress should vote immediately vote to end all government funding for Planned Parenthood, including for services Planned Parenthood provides, such as cancer screenings and family planning?"
While the question mentions the videos, it does not go into detail of what Planned Parenthood employees are being accused of doing. The videos, of which three have been posted so far, allege that Planned Parenthood officials are buying tissues from aborted fetuses, a practice which some lawmakers say is illegal.
Planned Parenthood insists the videos have been heavily edited by the conservative group and do not represent the whole conversation.
“The full footage has not been released and it is required to provide any context,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said after the release of the third video on July 27.