Tennessee Star/Triton Poll: Is Nashville More Pro-Life Than Politicians Think?


While Nashville/Davidson County is a blue island amidst a sea of red counties in Middle Tennessee, having been one of only three counties in the state to vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016, some voters may not be as lockstep liberal as many think — at least when it comes to the issue of late-term abortion. A new Tennessee Star/Triton poll reveals that a majority of likely Nashville voters are actually LESS likely to vote for a candidate who supports late term abortion and would deny help to keep a child alive after birth.

550 likely Davidson County voters were asked: Would you be more or less likely to vote for a candidate who supports late term abortions in the few weeks before birth and permitting doctors to deny help to keep a child alive in the hours after birth?

23.3% said that they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports abortion at any time; 54.9% were less likely; and 11.1% said it would make no difference to them. Another 10.6% were undecided.

These poll numbers reflect national numbers on the issue of late term abortions. A Rasmussen Reports national survey in February found 66% opposed to the late term abortion law passed in New York.  Even those who are self-described as pro-choice generally oppose the late term and post birth abortion laws that New York, Virginia and other states have passed or considered in recent months.

Even more interesting are the cross tabs for the poll that break down the responses by demographic groups. Among white voters who responded to the survey question about late term abortion, 23.9% would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supported abortion at any time while 55.3% would be less likely, which is virtually identical to the overall survey results on the issue.

However, among black voters, only 16.5% would vote for a candidate who favored late term abortions while 60.4% would be less likely to vote for such a candidate.

Tennessee Star Political Editor Steve Gill points out that many black voters are beginning to realize that the abortion industry has targeted them and their communities. “Thousands more black babies are aborted in New York City than are born alive each year in New York City,” Gill notes. And the percentage of black babies aborted each year is much higher as a proportion of their population than white babies, he adds. “As black pastors and the black Christian community become more aware of and vocal about the impact on their own children, they are expressing their opposition to what has been allowed to occur for way too long.”

The overreach of the pro-abortion industry with their legislative efforts to prevent the protection of babies even after they are born is leading to a backlash that will likely have a huge impact in the 2020 election cycle, Gill says. “We may see the first indications in the state house and senate races in Virginia this year as they conduct their legislative elections in off years.”

The Tennessee Star/Triton poll was conducted April 29 – May 1, 2019 and surveyed the opinions of 550 likely voters in Davidson County with a margin of error of 4.2%. The full topline of the poll can be viewed below.

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