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Americans Believe Abortion Rights Are At Risk In The Country

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 By Bryan Bennett
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Key takeaways

  • Majorities of Americans remain pro-choice and disapprove of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  • Three in four Americans overall see abortion rights at risk nationally, and in states where abortion restrictions have been implemented post-Dobbs, a similar share say the same about abortion rights in their state.
  • The House Republicans’ “Commitment to America” plan is deeply unpopular – and even more so when including provisions to ban abortion and allowing insurers to deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.

Majorities of Americans Continue to Be Pro-Choice and Disapprove of the Supreme Court’s Decision on Roe v. Wade

Majorities of Democrats (82%) and independents (59%) say they are pro-choice and disapprove of the Court’s decision to overturn Roe (76% and 54%, respectively). Republican support for the decision has fallen by 11 points (from net +33 to +22) since September

Three in Four See National Abortion Rights at Risk; Those in States With New Restrictions See Particularly Acute Risk Levels

Majorities across party and race see national abortion rights at risk. At the state-level, there is partisan differentiation (Democrats see it most at risk in their state), with the most pronounced difference coming from states with new restrictions following the Dobbs ruling (72% say abortion is at risk in their state) compared to those in states with no new restrictions (45%).

A Nationwide Abortion Ban Generally Is Unpopular, With Senate Republicans’ Proposed Plan Even More So

After learning that Senate Republicans’ specifically proposed ban does not include exceptions for the health of the mother, majorities of every partisan and racial group – including Republicans – oppose it.

Focusing on Healthcare Provisions and Abortion Ban in GOP’s “Commitment to America” Plan Drives Up Opposition

After learning about the plan’s provisions that would let health insurers deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and ban abortion nationwide, a majority of independents (65%) oppose the plan, as do a plurality of Republicans (48%).

The Prospect of a Nationwide Abortion Ban Is Most Motivating Among Democrats

Four in five Democrats (80%) and nearly three in four Hispanic Americans (74%) and Black Americans (72%) say this news about a national abortion ban makes them more motivated to vote.

About The Study

Global Strategy Group conducted public opinion surveys among a sample of 1,000 registered voters from October 6-October 10, 2022. 102 additional interviews were conducted among Hispanic voters. 78 additional interviews were conducted among Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. 102 additional interviews were conducted among African American voters. 99 additional interviews were conducted among independent voters.

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