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In Fox News Poll, Even Republicans Don’t Support Overturning Roe v. Wade

In Fox News Poll, Even Republicans Don’t Support Overturning Roe v. Wade

If you spend your time listening to right-wing politicians, especially over the course of the past several days as they held an event in D.C. to promote “pro-life” views and passed the anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s “National Sanctity of Human Life Day,” you’d probably come to the conclusion that half the country wants an end to abortion rights. According to the polls, you’d be wrong.

Pro-life activists march in front of the US Supreme Court during the 49th annual March for Life, on January 21, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Fox News, long known as the first choice for right-leaning coverage (although during Donald Trump’s tenure it hit some snags, and now has some further-right competition) conducted a poll over the course of the week before the March for Life. Despite having a fairly small sample size, and that sample size being Fox News viewers, the predominant conclusion of the poll was that people want access to abortion care.

Polling Report shared the results of the poll: nearly three-quarters of Democrats and Independents want Roe v. Wade to stand, which is no surprise — but more Republicans polled also supported keeping the landmark Supreme Court ruling than overturning it.

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In fact, further analysis of the poll by Fox admits that a majority think abortion should be legal in at least some circumstances, though there’s some variance in how much restriction respondents think should be allowed.

Also, while Fox may spin this as ‘increased opposition’ to abortion — citing a slightly higher support for abortion access in their last poll — the truth is, other polls also show steady support.

Gallup‘s tracking of similar polls shows support for “legal under any circumstances” to have steadily hovered in the twenty-to-thirty-percent range for decades, with over 50% supporting abortion access “only under certain circumstances” in almost every poll since 1975. (That number drops to 48 or 49% 3 times since April 1975, but each of those correlates with a poll where “under any circumstances” rose above 30%, suggesting that those are leftward shifs, rather than periods of more support for restrictions and bans.)

Despite this, abortion is still one of the biggest issues for single-issue voters — and the right is still capitalizing on that.

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