Barely a month later, the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. WadeTwo-thirds of Americans say they disapprove of the court’s decision on the federal guarantee of access to abortion, and 6 in 10 say they want their states to legalize abortion, a new poll found.
Yet despite that interest, abortion is not on the minds of many voters, a poll released Aug. 2 by KFF found. Three-quarters of registered voters say inflation and gas prices are their top concerns when considering decisions in the upcoming midterm elections. Abortion access was a top priority for 55% of voters, along with health care costs and gun violence. This was up from 46% recorded by a KFF poll in February after the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case.
Democrats were more likely than Republicans or independents to cite abortion as a top issue in their voting considerations. Increased concern among female voters aged 18 to 49 was also evident in the poll, which found nearly 3 in 4 said access to abortion was very important to their electoral considerations, up from 59% in February. Large majorities of Democratic and independent women of that age say they want their states to guarantee access to abortion, as do 4 in 10 Republican women of reproductive age.
The Supreme Court’s decision, however, does not seem to have had the impact that some politicians had hoped for. The poll found a slight increase in the percentage of voters who said they were now more motivated to vote than the percentage in May – 43% compared to 37% – after a leaked draft opinion from the court was released.
Among some core groups, however, the problem was more pressing. Six in 10 female voters of reproductive age, up from 42% in May, said they were more likely to vote after the decision. Democratic and independent voters each reported a 9 percentage point increase in those who said abortion access was a motivating factor for the fall election. Most Hispanic voters also said they were more likely to vote now.
More than half of independent voters and 83% of Democratic voters said they would support candidates who promise to protect abortion rights. One in 5 Republicans said the same, but just over half of GOP voters said they would support candidates who want to limit access to abortion.
The court’s decision appears to have created a divide among Republican women, the poll found. A third said they disapprove of the decision, and nearly a quarter said they plan to support a candidate who supports abortion access. A majority, however, said they would vote for people who wanted to restrict abortion.
More than half of the people living in the state are pre-Ro Abortion prohibitions or laws that impose prohibitions or severe restrictions Ro Overturned said they would rather have state-guaranteed abortion access, while 32% of residents in those 17 states said they favored banning abortion.
Non-Hispanic black Americans were also strongly opposed to abortion bans in their states. Eighty-six percent said they did not want to ban abortion, compared with 70% of non-Hispanic white and 69% of Hispanic respondents. At the same time, 68% of black Americans said they want their states to guarantee abortion rights, compared to 60% of white respondents and 61% of Hispanics. (Hispanics can be any race or combination of races.)
The survey, conducted online and by telephone July 7-17, has a 4 percentage point margin of sampling error for the entire sample. For some subgroups, the margin of sampling error may be higher.
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