A new poll says that while slightly over half of Americans say they feel at least somewhat “sad” or “angry” about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a majority of the country believes Congress should still pass a law guaranteeing access to safe and legal abortions nationwide.
The new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows many Americans back some restrictions on abortion, especially after the first trimester, but the most extreme measures introduced in some Republican-led states are at odds with the public, and therefore with many of the people who live in those areas.
The new poll, which was taken roughly three weeks after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade, finds that 53% of U.S. adults said they disapprove of the court’s decision, while 30% say they approved. An additional 16% said they neither approved nor disapproved. Sixty percent thought Congress should pass a law guaranteeing access to legal abortion nationwide, which the House did last Friday when they voted to restore abortion rights in the U.S.. However, the bill most likely stall in the Senate without enough Republican support.
79% of young people disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
— Voters of Tomorrow (@VotersTomorrow) July 20, 2022
The poll showed an overwhelming majority of people who said their states should generally allow abortion in specific cases, including if the health of the pregnant person is endangered or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. Few polled believe abortion should always be illegal, and most Americans support their state generally allowing abortion six weeks into the pregnancy.
BREAKING: Kansas voter registration is up over 1000% since the overturning of Roe V. Wade.
Unlike the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Supreme Court, Kansans have a heart AND a brain.
— Steve Hofstetter (@SteveHofstetter) July 21, 2022
Read the full poll findings here.