According to a new poll released by CBS News and Refinery29, the majority of young woman in America believe that abortion should be restricted, and don’t identify as “feminists.” Not only this, but many claim to have “trust issues” with the media.
The poll, conducted by YouGov, aimed to find out what millennial woman think about specific voting issues ahead of the November midterm elections. The results, which YouGov gradually began releasing on August 13, reveal many surprising trends.
The poll addresses a wide range of issues, from how voters feel about the Trump administration, to hot topics like abortion.
According to the results, the pollsters found that only 28 percent of young women between the ages of 18 to 35 think that abortion should be “legal in all cases.” Another 34 percent stated that they want abortion to be “legal in most cases,” while 25 percent want abortion to be “illegal in most cases,” and 13 percent want abortion “illegal in all cases.”
Ultimately, that means that 72 percent of millennial-aged woman believe that there should be abortion restriction of some sorts in the United States.
The pollsters also posed the question of whether Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Sixty-nine percent of the women said they believed it should not be overturned, while 31 percent said it should be. Roe v. Wade was the 1973 landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide, setting precedent for years to come.
Forty-five percent of those surveyed also stated that they were worried that “access to abortion will become more restricted,” while only 26 percent worried that “access to abortion will be less restricted.” Another 29 percent stated that they were “unconcerned” about the topic.
Many third-wave feminists argue that restricting abortion means that democracy is restricted for women, as Gloria Steinem so famously stated. Cecile Richards, the former president of Planned Parenthood, also stated that women are only free if they are granted abortions.
Even though these so-called “women’s leaders” are stating that abortion is a fundamental human right, young women seem to be thinking differently.
The pollsters also posed questions regarding how millennial women view themselves. They asked those surveyed if they identified as feminists, and the results are shocking.
Forty-six percent of those surveyed stated that they were not feminists, while 54 percent identified as feminists.
The results are quite revealing, showing that the “feminist” movement, rather than unifying women, has become rather polarizing by focusing primarily on abortion.
Modern or third wave-feminists have gained a reputation for only protecting or defending women with whom they agree, as movements like the Women’s March and #ShoutYourAbortion have shown. Jessica Valenti, a columnist for the Guardian and a self-described feminist, regularly attacks conservative women and pro-lifers.
The poll also asked the millennial woman how they felt about the viral #MeToo movement. Respondents were split completely down the middle, with 50 percent saying that the movement would make things in the long term “better for women,” while the other 50 percent said that the movement either “won’t change much” or even make things “worse” than before.
Finally, the poll asked the millennial women about their attitudes toward the media. Their answers demonstrated an overwhelming lack of trust in the media.
Only 7 percent of those surveyed said that they trust the media to “almost always” provide “accurate information” to viewers. Another 25 percent said that “most of the time” they provide “accurate information” to viewers, while 42 percent said “only sometimes” and 26 said “almost never.”
These numbers should not be surprising, as many polls show that Americans believe there is a bias in the media that makes them doubt the accuracy of what is reported. This poll shows exactly that. Moreover, while women’s groups and sites constantly insist that abortion is pro-women, the numbers reveal that many women are against it.
(H/T: Life News)