Ryan Munce, president of co/efficient, explained the reasoning behind the three options.
“After reviewing the messaging and narratives of the media and campaigns both for and against the amendment, we came up with those three ‘buckets’ of interpretation,” Munce told CNA. “We thought that would give us a good read of how the messaging is working, and how perception is being shaped about the amendment.”
He called it “certainly surprising” that the data came back with all three statements receiving an almost identical share of the electorate.
“Democrats are three times as likely to believe that the amendment is intended to create an outright ban on abortion in the state, than Republicans,” he pointed out. “While a strong majority of Republicans interpret the amendment in a different way.”
Haddix said of the various options: “I would just reiterate that the amendment is not a ban on abortion, but rather allows us to restore commonsense limits on the abortion industry that Kansans already agree on.”
As the spokesperson for the coalition working to oppose the amendment, Ashley All of Kansans for Constitutional Freedom accused the amendment’s supporters of wanting to “ultimately ban abortion completely with no exceptions.”
She responded to CNA about the poll’s findings by predicting a “close race.” She regretted that the vote will take place during the primary election instead of the general election in November, claiming that the amendment’s backers “hope fewer Kansans vote.”
Of the likely voters, 86% said they were familiar with the “Value Them Both” constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot August 2. Only 7% said they were not.
A large majority (84%) said that the amendment increased the importance of voting in this upcoming election, including 78% of Republicans and 94% of Democrats.
Kansas voters on abortion and Roe v. Wade
Of likely Kansas primary voters, the co/efficient poll found that 49% agreed with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, while 46% disagreed.
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A plurality of Kansas voters (43%) said that there should be no government restrictions on abortion, while 5% said abortion should be banned under any circumstance.
In the middle, 19% said abortion should only be allowed in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother, while 16% said non-medically necessary abortion in Kansas should be legal but not past viability of the fetus. Seven percent said abortion should only be legal to save the life of the mother. And 6% said non-medically necessary abortion in Kansas should be legal but not after a heartbeat is detected.
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