Wake up John McCain! Wake up weak kneed Republicans! Pro-lifers have won significant ground, according to a new poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. In fact, 71% of self-described pro-choice voters would significantly restrict abortion.

A new nationwide poll shows that 35 years after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Roe v. Wade, public support for the court’s unrestricted access to abortion throughout an entire pregnancy stands at just 8%.

According to PR Newswire, here are some of the internals of the poll:

The poll asked respondents to state which of six statements came closest to describing their opinion on abortion.

— 8% of US residents chose option 1, that abortion should be available to a woman any time she wants one during her entire pregnancy;

— 8% chose option 2, that abortion should be allowed only during the first 6 months of pregnancy;

— 24% chose option 3, that abortion should be allowed only during the first 3 months of pregnancy;

— 32% chose option 4, that abortion should be allowed only in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother;

— 15% chose option 5, that abortion should be allowed only to save the life of the mother; and

— 13% chose option 6, that abortion should never be permitted under any circumstance.

Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson is quoted as saying the results are “indicative of the fact that term ‘pro-choice’ – when applied broadly – needlessly polarizes the discussion of abortion and masks the fact that there is broad consensus among Americans that abortion should be significantly restricted.”

I’ve seen many polls skewed to ask the question whether people favor overturning Roe V Wade which garners unimpressive support. And the media uses that as a cudgel to call us extreme. But the thing is that people don’t understand that overturning Roe v Wade would only allow the people to get to vote on abortion. People know that abortion is evil. I think much of the groundwork has been laid by the efforts of pro-lifers for decades. Now is the time to act. Now is the time to push.