* From an organization called Catholic Vote regarding HB40 and Gov. Rauner…
Earlier this year we co-funded a private poll in Illinois. We interviewed Republicans and Democrats, pro-life voters and pro-abortion people in Illinois to mirror the expected turnout of voters next year. And the results were shocking:
* 58% of voters oppose taxpayer funding of abortion vs. 32% in favor
* 30% of voters are “much less likely” to vote for Rauner if he signs this bill
* An additional 10% of voters are “somewhat less likely” to support him again
The conclusion: If Gov. Bruce Rauner signs this bill into law, he is signing an electoral suicide note. The results are clear: a significant portion of his base will not support him next year.
H.B. 40 was approved by the General Assembly earlier this year. But legislators decided not to send the bill to Rauner fearing he might veto it. Instead, they held the bill and have quietly lobbied him for months. The bill would authorize state funding for abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees for ANY reason. Experts estimate the bill would cost the nearly bankrupt state an additional $20-30 million.
Illinois Catholics must unite now.
Earlier this year letters from every Illinois bishop were placed in bulletins across the state. A copy of the letter from Cardinal Cupich can be read here.
30 percent “much less likely” generally means the issue isn’t yet something that will “move” voters. We’ll see.
Also, the Catholic hierarchy strongly supported the tuition tax credit idea, which will cost the state $75 million that it doesn’t have every year.