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Abortion Fails to Sway Electorate

Tim Craig

Arizona Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) are both making inroads into their opponent's political base in Virginia when it comes to the issue of abortion.

In a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday, 60 percent of registered voters said abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Thirty-eight percent said abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. Voter attitudes on the issue have essentially remained unchanged since 2000, according to previous Washington Post Virginia polls.

McCain disagrees with the 1973 Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion rights. Obama supports Roe V. Wade.

But 30 percent of voters who want to outlaw abortions say they also support Obama. Thirty-three percent of those who favor abortion rights back McCain.

By Tim Craig  |  September 25, 2008; 2:33 PM ET
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