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The Lid: The GOP's Planned Parenthood Problem

After months of controversy in the wake of a series of sting videos about its operations, Planned Parenthood is -- as popular as ever.
Image: A closed Planned Parenthood facility is seen in Westminster
A closed Planned Parenthood facility is seen in Westminster, Colorado, September 9, 2015. An influential conservative group is calling on Republican presidential candidates to vow they will veto any future funding for women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood, which is under fire from abortion opponents. REUTERS/Rick WilkingRICK WILKING / Reuters

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After months of controversy in the wake of a series of sting videos about its operations, Planned Parenthood is -- as popular as ever. Yep, you read that right: In fact, Planned Parenthood is the most popular entity in our brand new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, registering a positive rating of 47 percent compared to a negative rating of 31 percent. That’s virtually unchanged from the last time our pollsters asked about the group in July, even though a majority (65 percent) of Americans now say that they have heard about the videos, which pictured Planned Parenthood employees discussing the use of tissue from aborted fetuses.

Here’s the list of individuals and organizations polled, by popularity:

  • Planned Parenthood (47 percent positive, 31 percent negative, net +16)
  • Joe Biden (40 percent positive, 28 percent negative, net +12)
  • Bernie Sanders (32 percent positive, 22 percent negative, net +10)
  • Ben Carson (29 percent positive, 21 percent negative, net +8)
  • Carly Fiorina (27 percent positive, 20 percent negative, net +7)
  • Barack Obama (46 percent positive, 40 percent negative, net +6)
  • The Democratic Party (41 percent positive, 35 percent negative, net +6)
  • The Black Lives Matter movement (32 percent positive, 29 percent negative, net +3)
  • Hillary Clinton (39 percent positive, 47 percent negative, net -8)
  • Jeb Bush (24 percent positive, 39 percent negative, net -15)
  • The Republican Party (29 percent positive, 45 percent negative, net -16)
  • Donald Trump (25 percent positive, 58 percent negative, net -33)

If you were wondering why folks like John Boehner - for one - dismissed conservatives’ push to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding, these poll numbers are instructive, too. Not only do six in 10 Americans oppose eliminating funding to Planned Parenthood, even those who SUPPORT defunding the group are not on board with a shutdown. Just nine percent of respondents who said they would like to see federal funding for the group slashed say that they would favor a shutdown to achieve that goal, while 11 percent said they would oppose such a move.



CLINTON: Her newest ad highlights her prescription drug plan -- and references Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli.

She also took a stand against Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

BUSH: On the same day Trump unveiled his tax plan, Bush penned an op/ed promoting his plan and undercutting Hillary Clinton’s.

KASICH: Scott Walker’s departure from the race has Kasich thinking about upping his Iowa effort.


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Chris Christie announces the support of Iowa backers in downtown Des Moines.

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