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Thursday, November 3, 2016

New Poll Shows Florida Latino/a Voters Support Access to Abortion

Press Release
Washington
RaeAnn Roca Pickett Phone: 202-621-1409 Email: raeann@latinainstitute.org

Poll comes on the heels of recent decision in Florida to block a law that would have denied funding to Planned Parenthood for basic preventative care services

MIAMI, Fla. — The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) in conjunction with PerryUndem Research/Communication released new polling[[i]] today which found a strong majority of Florida Latino/a voters believe abortion should be legal, affordable and covered by health insurance, no matter the source of coverage. Florida Latino/a voters also believe accessing abortion should not be difficult in terms of travel and logistics. This poll closely mirrors recent findings regarding attitudes nationally across racial and ethnic groups and reconfirms findings from a similar national poll NLIRH released earlier this year.

The poll also points to how Florida Latino/a voters oppose the nationwide trend of restrictive and medically unnecessary laws at the state level which make it harder for a woman to access abortion care and harder for doctors and clinics to provide that care. Restrictions currently on the books in Florida include mandatory counseling, forced 24-hour waiting periods, and limiting abortion coverage only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.  Additionally, a person must undergo a medically unnecessary ultrasound before obtaining an abortion.

“It’s time to finally put to rest myths and stereotypes that our community is too conservative to support abortion access. This study affirms that Latino/a voters’ views on abortion are much more nuanced and strongly demonstrate support and compassion for a person seeking abortion care,” said Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of NLIRH.

“NLIRH and PerryUndem have now studied Latino/a voters’ opinions on abortion nationally, and in Florida and Virginia,” said Tresa Undem, partner with PerryUndem Research/Communication, the nonpartisan research firm who conducted the survey. “The results are the same across the board: majorities of Latino/a voters support a woman’s right to an abortion – at the same levels of the rest of the electorate.”

The poll also comes on the heels of a district court decision to block Florida’s House Bill 1411—a law that would have denied funding to Planned Parenthood and other clinics for basic preventative care including breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control, STI and HIV testing, as well as sexual health education for thousands of patients.

“We know that often times women of color are shamed out of sharing their abortion stories, but there is truth in the data and we know that overwhelmingly Latinas are not only supportive of abortion but as this poll shows are supported by Florida Latino/as. Defeating HB 1411 is a meaningful victory that, as this poll shows, is exactly where Florida Latino/as want us to be as a state,” Gaby Garcia-Vera, field and advocacy manager of NLIRH’s Florida Latina Advocacy Network.

Key findings include:

Support for Roe v. Wade, oppose restrictions

  • Two thirds (64 percent) of Latino/a voters in Florida do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned--compared to 67 percent of the Latino/a electorate nationally.
  • More than half (57 percent) of Florida Latino/a voters say the increased restrictions on abortion that have occurred since 2010 are a step in the wrong direction, with only 37 percent saying they are a step in the right direction. This is similar to a national poll released earlier this year that found that 63 percent of voters across all racial and ethnic groups say the restrictions trend is going in the wrong direction.
  • Nearly seven in ten (69 percent) of Florida Latino/a voters say they pay attention to a candidate's views on abortion.

Support for insurance coverage of abortion

  • More than seven in ten (75 percent) of Florida Latino/a voters agree politicians should not be allowed to deny a woman’s health coverage for abortion just because she’s poor, with 65 percent saying they strongly agree. This mirrors a 2015 national voters poll which found that 86 percent of voters across racial and ethnic groups agree with the statement (68 percent strongly).
  • Seventy-five percent of Florida Latino/a voters agree that every woman should have coverage for the full range of pregnancy-related care, including abortion, whether she has private or government-funded health coverage, with 52 percent saying they strongly agree.

Compassionate views toward those who have abortions

  • The vast majority of Florida Latino/a voters (87 percent) say they would give support to a close friend or family member who had an abortion. Fifty-nine percent say they would provide a lot of support.
  • For a woman who has decided to have an abortion, 89 percent of Florida Latino/a voters want the experience to be respectful of her decision. This is similar to a national poll released earlier this year that found that 82 percent of voters across all racial and ethnic groups want the experience to be respectful of a woman’s decision.
  • More than six in ten (62 percent) of Florida Latino/a voters want a woman’s experience having an abortion to be without added burdens.

Faith includes support for abortion

  • Most Florida Latino/a voters are willing to disagree with church leaders on the legality of abortion. Seventy-four percent believe abortion should remain legal regardless of whether church leaders oppose it.
  • Nearly six in ten Florida Latino/a voters (59 percent) agree that “my personal religious values can support a woman making her own decision about abortion.”

Traditional Language and Identities

  • More than four in ten (42 percent) Florida Latino/a voters do not solely subscribe to the traditional pro-life or pro-choice labels on the issue of abortion. The remaining voters are equally split between identifying as pro-life or pro-choice (29 percent each).
  • Florida Latino/a voters have nuanced views in support of a woman’s right to abortion, with more than eight in ten (82 percent) agreeing with the statement: “Each woman should have the right to make her own decision on abortion, even if I may disagree with her reasons.”

 

The poll memo and top lines, Spanish and English questionnaires, and methodology can be found at this link.

 

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.

 


[i] The survey was commissioned by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), and conducted in Spanish and English by the nonpartisan research firm PerryUndem Research/Communication, of a representative sample of 505 Latino/a Virginia registered voters.