Where do Americans Stand on Abortion?

Where do Americans Stand on Abortion?

Public Opinion Polling on Abortion in 2019

Should Abortion Always be Legal?

Only 27% of adults think abortion should always be legal.

Only 27% of adults think abortion should always be legal. 36% say it should be illegal in all or most cases.

65% of Republicans approve of the way President Trump is handling the abortion issue.

61% of adults say abortion is “very important” (47%) or “one of the single most important issues” (14%) in their vote for president.

Less Likely to Vote for Joe Biden?

50% of voters are less likely to support Biden after learning he supports taxpayer-funded abortion

A majority (50%) of voters – including 55% of Independents – are less likely to support Joe Biden (35% strongly less likely to support) following his announcement that he supports using tax dollars to pay for abortions after decades of opposing taxpayer funding of abortion.

Millennial Support for Democratic Platform on Abortion

Only 7% of Millennials agree with the extreme position of the Democratic Party.

Only 7% of Millennials share the position of the Democratic Party platform: abortion-on-demand, through all nine months, paid for by taxpayers.

Oppose Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

55% of voters oppose using Medicaid funds to pay for abortions.

55% of voters – including 35% of Democrats and 57% of Independents – oppose using federal tax dollars to pay for abortions under Medicaid (40% strongly oppose).

No Taxpayer Funding for Experiments on Body Parts of Aborted Babies

57% of voters oppose taxpayer funding of experiments that use body parts from aborted babies.

57% of voters – including 61% of women – oppose taxpayer funding of experiments that use organs and other body parts from aborted babies (41% strongly oppose).

Disapprove of Netflix Bullying Pro-Life States

54% of voters disapprove of big corporations like Netflix getting involved with abortion politics.

54% of voters – including 69% of Republicans and 59% of Independents – disapprove of big corporations, such as Netflix and Disney, getting involved with abortion politics (40% strongly disapprove).

Should Late-Term Abortion be Legal?

Only 6% of voters said abortion should be allowed up until birth

Only 6% said abortion should be allowed up until birth.

8% said abortions should be permitted up until the third trimester.

But the majority of Americans70%think abortion should be limited to, at most, the first trimester.

Support Modifying or Overturning Roe vs. Wade

54% of Americans say Roe v. Wade should be modified or overturned altogether.

54% of Americans say Roe v. Wade should be modified or overturned altogether.

51% of Millennials said they opposed Roe when they understood it allows abortion at any point during pregnancy.

Should Babies Born Alive be Protected?

77% of voters support legislation to ensure that a baby who survives a failed abortion be given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age

77% of voters support legislation to ensure that a baby who survives a failed abortion be given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age (55% strongly support).

State-Level Polling

2019 Polling in States Where Abortion Laws are Being Debated

Florida Polling

Oppose Late-Term Abortions

76% of Florida voters – including 64% of Democrats, 75% of Independents, and 53% of self-described pro-choice voters – support a law prohibiting late-term abortions (only 24% support allowing late-term abortions).

Support Parental Consent Law

73% of Florida voters – including 60% of Democrats, 70% of Independents, and 58% of self-described pro-choice voters – support legislation that would require parental consent before a minor can receive an abortion (only 27% oppose parental consent).

Women Oppose Late-Term Abortions

77% of Florida women support a law prohibiting late-term abortions.

Maine Polling

Oppose Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

62% of Maine voters – including 60% of Independents and 44% of Democrats – oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. When told the legislature is considering a bill that would require taxpayer funding of abortion for Medicaid enrollees for any reason, 62% of voters remain opposed to expanding taxpayer funding of abortion in Maine.

Women Oppose Tax-Funded Abortion

64% of women voters in Maine oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.

Pro-Choice Opposition to Late-Term Abortions

Over a third – 38% – of self-described pro-choice voters in Maine oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.

Massachusetts Polling

Oppose Late-Term Abortions

62% of Massachusetts voters – including 49% of Democrats, 66% of Independents, and 44% of self-described pro-choice voters – oppose allowing more late-term abortions (only 38% support).

Support Law Requiring Late-Term Abortions to be Performed in Hospitals

Three in four voters (74%) – including 74% of Democrats, 74% of women, and 77% of pro-choice voters – support existing law that requires late-term abortions after 24 weeks to be performed in hospitals (only 26% oppose).

Support Requiring Parental Consent

62% of voters – including 55% of Democrats, 60% of women, and 52% of pro-choice voters – support Massachusetts’ existing law that requires parental consent before a minor can receive an abortion (only 38% oppose).

Missouri Polling

Oppose Late-Term Abortions

82% of Missouri voters-including 66% of Democrats and 83% of Independents support a law prohibiting late-term abortions. Only 18% support allowing late-term abortions.

Women Oppose Late-Term Abortions

83% of Missouri women support a law prohibiting late-term abortions.

``Pro-Choice`` Voters Oppose Late-Term Abortions

Even 61% of self-described “pro-choice” voters in Missouri support laws prohibiting late-term abortion.

New York Polling

Oppose Late-Term Abortion

75% of New Yorkers – including 73% of Independents – oppose late-term abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, even though New Yorkers identify nearly two-to-one (62%) as pro-choice.

Democrats Oppose Late-Term Abortion

69% of New York Democrats oppose late-term abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Support Limits on Abortion

66% of New Yorkers – including 54% of Democrats and 65% of Independents – said they would limit abortion to, at most, the first trimester of pregnancy.

Rhode Island Polling

Oppose Late-Term Abortion

73% of Rhode Island voters – including 63% of Democrats, 77% of Independents, and 56% of self-described pro-choice voters – oppose late-term abortions in general.

Oppose Allowing Abortion up to Birth

77% of Rhode Island voters – including 69 percent of Democrats, 79 percent of Independents, and 80 percent of women say they oppose allowing abortions up until birth.

``Pro-Choice`` Voters Oppose Allowing Abortion up to Birth

Even 62 percent of self-described pro-choice voters say they oppose allowing abortions up until birth.

Texas Polling

Nearly Half Support Heartbeat Bill

Nearly half (48%) of Texas voters – including 27% of Democrats – would support a law protecting unborn children when their heartbeat can be detected.

Independents Support Heartbeat Bill

41% of Texas Independents would support a law protecting unborn children when their heartbeat can be detected.

Women Support Heartbeat Bill

46% of Texas women would support a law protecting unborn children when their heartbeat can be detected.