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Three in Four View the Safe and Effective Record of Medication Abortion as a Convincing Reason for it to Remain Legal

Friday, March 3, 2023 By Bryan Bennett
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Welcome to NAVIGATOR – a project designed to better understand the American public’s views on issues of the day and help advocates, elected officials, and other interested parties understand the language, imagery, and messaging needed to make and win key policy arguments.
Key takeaways
  • Biden’s approval ratings have ticked up slightly in recent weeks as many Americans report hearing positive things about his recent trip to Ukraine.
  • A majority agree the U.S. must invest in domestic programs as well as support Ukraine, and the best reasons to stand up to Putin are defending freedom, global security, and democracy around the world.
  • More than three in five Americans support allowing women to legally use prescription abortion medication at home to safely end early pregnancies, and the best reasons to support keeping it legal include the option’s safety and effectiveness.

There Has Been a Slight Improvement in Biden’s Job Approval Rating; Positive News Centers on His Trip to Ukraine

Since mid-January, both Biden’s overall approval rating (net -7 approve, up from net -12) and his approval rating on the economy (net -14 approve, up from net -19) have improved slightly by a net of 5 points.

Most Americans Have Heard About and Support Biden’s Recent Visit to Ukraine

Four in five Democrats (83%), a majority of independents (55%), and nearly two in five Republicans (38%) support the President’s visit.

  • Independents (53% “a lot”/”some”) are hearing less about Biden visiting Ukraine than Democrats (68%) and Republicans (67%).

Two in Three Americans Agree That the United States Must Both Invest in Programs At Home As Well As Support Ukraine

A majority of Republicans (56% agree) and nearly half of independents (46%) agree that the U.S. must invest both at home and abroad to protect against threats like Russia because these investments are “crucial to protecting our own safety, freedom, and economy.”

Defending Freedom, Global Security, and Democracy Are Seen As Best Reasons to Stand Up to Putin

Democrats are most likely to say “protecting democracy around the world” (50% top two reason), while independents and Republicans are most likely to say “defending freedom” (39% and 40%, respectively).

More Than Three in Five Americans Continue to Be Pro-Choice and Say Abortion Should Be Legal

A majority of independents (55%) and nearly two in five Republicans (39%) say they are “pro-choice,” and three in four Americans believe abortion should be legal (74%).

Majorities Support Allowing Women to Legally End Early Pregnancies At Home With Prescription Abortion Medication

Independents both support “allowing women to legally use prescription abortion medication to end an early pregnancy at home” (net +32 support) and think it should remain legal (net +37 legal), while Republicans are split (net -1 support, net +2 legal).

Most Convincing Reasons to Keep At-Home Early Pregnancy Abortion Pills Legal Are the Option’s Safety & Effectiveness

Majorities across party lines say statements about abortion medication’s “safety record of over 99%” and the fact that it “can be used as a life-saving treatment for miscarriage” are convincing reasons to keep this medication legal, including 56% and 53% of Republicans each.

About The Study

Global Strategy Group conducted public opinion surveys among a sample of 1,000 registered voters from February 23-February 27, 2023. 100 additional interviews were conducted among Hispanic voters. 76 additional interviews were conducted among Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. 99 additional interviews were conducted among African American voters.

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