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A Majority Of Americans Disapprove Of The Court’s Reversal On Roe And Fear Erasure Of Progress

Thursday, August 11, 2022 By Bryan Bennett
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Key takeaways
  • Four in five continue to say the decision to get an abortion should be left to women and their doctors, and a majority disapprove of the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe.
  • Democrats and independents say they are more motivated now by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe than they were in early July.
  • Two in three Americans are concerned by positive outcomes for women being erased as a result of Roe being overturned.
  • Three in five support Congress passing a law protecting a federal right to same-sex marriage, while an even greater seven in ten support federal protection for access to contraception.

Nearly Two in Three Americans Remain “Pro-Choice,” and a Majority Continue to Believe Abortion Should Be Legal

Majorities of Democrats (82%) and independents (56%), as well as four in ten Republicans (40%), identify as “pro-choice.” Majorities of Democrats, independents, and every racial group also continue to think abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

The Vast Majority of Americans Continue to Feel the Decision to Have an Abortion Should Be Left to Women and Their Doctors

Since mid-July, the share of independents who feel the decision “should be left to the woman and her doctor” has grown by a net 10 points (from +67 to +77).

The SCOTUS Decision on Roe Remains Deeply Unpopular and Motivation to Vote Remains High

Independents disapprove of the decision to overturn Roe by a 33-point margin, and independents and Democrats have each grown more motivated to vote in the context of Roe since early July (Democrats up 4 from 72% to 76%, independents up 3 from 44% to 47%).

Majorities of Americans Are Concerned Positive Post-Roe Outcomes Are in Jeopardy of Being Erased

Women overall and across partisanship are more concerned than their male counterparts about women’s progress being erased.

Majorities Support Congress Codifying the Right to Same-Sex Marriage and Contraception into Federal Law

Republicans are the lone group where a plurality opposes Congress passing a law protecting same-sex marriage; passing a law protecting the federal right to buy and use contraception has double-digit net support across partisan, racial, and ethnic groups.

After Messaging on Consequences of Roe Decision, Increased Share Say Republicans Are Focused on the Wrong Things

Messaging on the consequences of overturning Roe v. Wade increases the share who say the Democratic Party is focused on the right things by 8 points. On Republicans, it shifts perceptions further underwater, to net -13 (including a 12-point shift among Republicans).

Americans Have Heard Most About Heat Waves, Biden Getting Sick, and the DOJ Investigation into Trump

Republicans have heard most about Biden getting sick (46%), while Democrats and independents have heard most about record-breaking heat waves and the Department of Justice investigating Donald Trump.

About The Study

Global Strategy Group conducted public opinion surveys among a sample of 1,007 registered voters from July 28-August 1, 2022. 102 additional interviews were conducted among Hispanic voters. 75 additional interviews were conducted among Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. 100 additional interviews were conducted among African American voters. 98 additional interviews were conducted among independent voters

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