Smear Campaigns Against Planned Parenthood Wash Up In Dramatic Failure, New Poll Finds


The right-wing attempt to smear Planned Parenthood’s reputation through a series of videos – later found to be chop-edited and fraudulent – didn’t work. Neither did the Republican Party’s last-minute attempt in the U.S. Senate to defund the group for misleading reasons, either. And why were these silly efforts doomed to failure?

Because a plurality of the American public – 45 percent – has a positive opinion of Planned Parenthood, that’s why. In fact, the non-profit healthcare provider scored highest in a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, released on August 3.

Not only did Planned Parenthood score highest in positive votes in this poll – the other subjects of which included all presidential candidates, both political parties, and the U.S. Supreme Court – but it also had the highest positive difference. That 45-percent positive less 30 negative leaves a score of 15. No other person or organization scored higher.

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A majority of Americans (53 percent) find it unacceptable to defund Planned Parenthood, too, other NBC/WSJ polls found, proving that the right-wing’s efforts were fruitless. Polls by Quinnipiac University, conducted before these recent attempts of deception, found the same results – 53 percent were against defunding of the non-profit healthcare provider before all this silly mayhem. Thus, the recent attempts to tarnish Planned Parenthood’s reputation didn’t work.

As the organization’s president, Cecile Richards said in response to Quinnipiac’s poll:

It’s clear that Americans understand that the proposal to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds for preventive health care such as lifesaving cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control, and STD and HIV testing, would have a devastating impact on women’s health, lead to more unintended pregnancies and more women detecting cancers at a later and less treatable stage. Americans know this to be true, because one in five women has been cared for by a Planned Parenthood health center at some point in her lifetime.

Indicating future misery for the right wing as national elections near in 2016, its Republican Party had a negative score of -16 in the NBC/WSJ poll (28 positive, 44 negative). And their front-running candidate Donald Trump was the poll’s cellar dweller with minus-30.

Here are the full results:

NBC/WSJ poll

NBC/WSJ poll

Despite its highest-rank positivity for Planned Parenthood, the poll also points out a nauseating factor, too. The NRA scored second highest (43 positive versus 32 negative).

Of course, however, such reception costs the lobby group quite a lot. NRA spent over $52 million in 2014 alone through its PAC, political contributions, and lobbying.


Featured image from Planned Parenthood

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