Polling South Dakota

A new poll finds flagging support for the state's abortion ban.

Published October 31, 2006 9:34PM (EST)

Some optimistic numbers from South Dakota: A new poll shows that support for Referred Law 6, the proposed bill that would ban all abortions except those that would save the life of a pregnant woman, with no exceptions for rape or incest, is dwindling. According to the poll conducted by the Argus Leader, 52 percent of voters would vote to reject the ban, while 42 percent would vote to keep it in place. Six percent of those polled were undecided.

As other polls have found, the latest one suggests that more South Dakotans would support a ban if there were exceptions made for cases of rape and incest. Fifty-six percent of those who told the paper that they were against the ban or were undecided said that they would support a ban that had exceptions for rape and incest.

OK, so that part is pretty damn depressing. But it's one battle at a time, and at the moment, the fight is to keep this odious law from getting passed. And despite this hopeful polling, the truth is that it all depends on who gets to the polls. As Jan Nicolay, the co-chair of the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, told the paper, "Nobody can sit back and take the voters for granted."

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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