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Three In Five Americans Believe That Roe v. Wade Being Overturned Has Been Bad For The Country

Thursday, January 18, 2024 By Rachael Russell
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Poll: Abortion Rights in the U.S.

This Navigator Research report contains polling data on the latest perception of abortion rights in the country ahead of the 51st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

Three in five Americans say the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, eliminating the federal right to an abortion, has been bad for the country.


Ahead of the 51st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, most Americans say the elimination of the federal right to an abortion has been bad for the country (net -28; 30 percent good for the country – 58 percent bad for the country), including more than three in five independents (62 percent), women (63 percent), and Americans under 35 (65 percent).

  • Despite its overturning, a majority of Americans view Roe v. Wade favorably (net +27; 55 percent favorable – 28 percent unfavorable), including three in four Democrats (73 percent), half of independents (49 percent), and nearly two in five Republicans (38 percent).
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Almost Three in Five Say Roe Being Overturned Has Been Bad for the Country
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Majorities Continue to View Roe v. Wade Favorably

Three in five Americans support Congress passing a law to guarantee the right to an abortion.


By a 30-point margin, Americans support Congress passing a law guaranteeing the right to an abortion (61 percent support – 31 percent oppose), the highest share in our tracking, with increased support from Democrats (from 79 percent to 85 percent now) and independents (from 52 percent to 58 percent now) since April 2022. Two in three women (65 percent) and three in four Americans under 35 (73 percent) support Congress passing a law guaranteeing the right to an abortion.

  • An even greater two in three share of Americans oppose a nationwide ban on abortion (net -39; 27 percent support – 66 percent oppose), including more than four in five Democrats (85 percent), nearly seven in ten independents (68 percent), and nearly half of Republicans (45 percent). Seven in ten women (69 percent) and Americans under 35 (72 percent) oppose a nationwide abortion ban.
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Three in Five Support a Federal Law Guaranteeing the Right to an Abortion, and an Even Greater Share Oppose a National Ban

Most Americans support keeping early medication abortion care legal.


As the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case regarding access to Mifepristone, a majority of Americans believe it should remain legal. 55 percent of Americans believe early medication abortion care, known as Mifepristone, should remain legal, including three in four Democrats (75 percent), a majority of independents (51 percent), and one in three Republicans (33 percent), while just one in five say it should be made illegal (21 percent), driven by 37 percent of Republicans. One in four are unsure about whether Mifepristone should be legal or illegal, including three in ten independents (32 percent) and Republicans (30 percent). 

  • Just 17 percent of Americans are familiar with “Mifepristone” (net +3; 10 percent favorable – 7 percent unfavorable), compared to 81 percent of Americans who are familiar with “abortion medication,” which is viewed favorably by a 17-point margin (49 percent favorable – 32 percent unfavorable). “Abortion medication” is viewed favorably by a 58-point margin among Democrats (71 percent favorable – 13 percent unfavorable) and by an 11-point margin among independents (37 percent favorable – 26 percent unfavorable).
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Most Support Early Medication Abortion Care Remaining Legal
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Americans Are Not Familiar With Mifepristone By Name, But View Abortion Medication Favorably

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Polling data on Americans’ support for raising taxes on the wealthy, perceptions of the positions of Democrats in Congress and Republicans in Congress on taxes, and who Americans trust most to handle cost of living and making the tax system more fair.

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About The Study

Global Strategy Group conducted public opinion surveys among a sample of 1,000 registered voters from January 4-January 8, 2024. 100 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. 100 additional interviews were conducted among independent voters. The survey was conducted online, recruiting respondents from an opt-in online panel vendor.
Respondents were verified against a voter file and special care was taken to ensure the demographic composition of our sample matched that of the national registered voter population across a variety of demographic variables.

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In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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