A poll released earlier this week revealed that support for abortion rights is at a high, even as several states are adopting strict restrictions on abortion access.
A poll released earlier this week revealed that support for abortion remaining legal in the U.S is at its highest point in over two decades. According to the Washington Post-ABC News poll, a whopping 60% of adults say that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. This number is up from 55% in the same poll when conducted in 2013, making it the highest level of support since 1995. However, the poll does show that Americans want some limits on the procedure. 27% said abortion should be legal in all cases and 33% said it should be legal in most cases, while 22%t said it should be illegal in most cases. 14% of the people surveyed said it should always be illegal. What's more, the majority of Americans also indicated that they did not think abortion access should be expanded - 41% said states should "leave the law on women's access to abortion as it is now," while 24% responded that access to abortion should be made harder.
A new WaPo/ABC News poll shows support for abortion rights is at its highest level in two decades. https://t.co/U0ZgO1VJHw— Yasmeen Abutaleb (@yabutaleb7) July 10, 2019
Surprisingly, Republican men were found to have substantial support for abortion rights, more so than their female counterparts. 51% of Republican men reportedly believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, compared with just 32% of Republican women. Democratic men and women support abortion access in roughly equal measure, though Democratic women are more apt to support abortion rights without exception. This comes soon after several Southern states including Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky have attempted to pass strict restrictions on abortions this year, including the infamous and controversial "heartbeat bill" - a bill that dictates that a woman cannot get an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable - around 6 weeks of pregnancy. Many of these restrictions are being challenged and could eventually end up before the Supreme Court.
While the law prohibits the use of federal funding for abortion, it is frequently argued that any money funding abortion providers still indirectly supports the procedure. The survey also measured a stark generational divide for abortion access. While all age categories measured had majority support for abortion rights, the youngest group—respondents aged 18 to 29— thought abortion should be legal in all or most cases. The next age bracket, from the first age group up until the age of 40, conveyed a 69% support. Adults over 40 supported abortion access at a much 55% majority.
The poll also looked ahead to 2020, where it was found that just over 6 in 10 Americans say that abortion is either “one of the single most important issues” or a “very important issue" to be considered while casting their vote. It was also found that Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say that abortion is an important issue in their vote for president - at 71% versus 57%. The gender gap on abortion’s importance is nearly twice as large - 73% of women say abortion is important to their 2020 vote compared with only 46% of men. No surprises there, unfortunately. But a majority of 54% of the surveyed population disapproves of the way Trump is "handling abortion", according to the poll.