Abortion rights have been in the national spotlight all year, as lawmakers debated Planned Parenthood, federal rules on subsidized birth control, and most recently, Todd Akin's preposterous claim that rape victims rarely get pregnant. But a new CBS poll shows that candidates' abortion views are not a be-all, end-all issue for voters. Up to 57 percent of registered voters said they'd be willing to vote for a candidate that disagreed with them on abortion, while 34 percent said they would not cast their ballot for a candidate that disagreed with them. Women are more likely than men to say they would not vote for a candidate who disagreed with them on abortion: 38 percent of women, compared to 29 percent of men.
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