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Two in Three Americans Find Actions of Abortion Ban Proponents Concerning

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 By Bryan Bennett
Crowd marching and holding signs to protest against attacks on abortion rights.
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Key takeaways
  • Biden and Democrats are more trusted to handle abortion-related issues; about three in five Americans identify as “pro-choice.”
  • Majorities believe the right to an abortion is at risk, with Americans in the South particularly likely to say the right to an abortion in their state is at risk.
  • A Supreme Court ruling that weakens or overturns Roe v. Wade would motivate Democrats and pro-choice Americans significantly more to turn out in 2022 than Republicans and those who are pro- life.

Planned Parenthood and the Roe v. Wade Decision Remain Popular With a Majority of Americans

Independents are favorable toward Planned Parenthood by a 23-point margin (53% favorable/30% unfavorable) and toward Roe v. Wade by a 24-point margin (47% favorable/23% unfavorable).

Biden and Democrats Are Notably More Trusted on Abortion and Reproductive Healthcare Over Republicans

Among independents, Biden and Democrats are more trusted by 23 points to protect the right to abortion and 20 points to protect reproductive healthcare.

Majorities of Americans Say They Are Pro-Choice and Feel Abortion Should Be Legal in All or Most Cases

Nearly four in ten Republicans consider themselves to be pro-choice (37%) and one in three think abortion should be legal in all or most cases (33%).

Most Americans Support Congressional Protections Guaranteeing Abortion Rights

Almost three in five (57%) support Congress passing a law that would guarantee the right to an abortion (independents support this by a 19-point margin).

Three in Five Continue to Say National Right to Abortion Is at Risk While Perceived State-Specific Risk Has Increased

Perceived national risk to abortion is consistent across most groups with greater perceived risk among Democrats (73% at risk), while those in the South (61%) say abortion rights are more at risk in their state than those in other regions.

Politicians Forcing Doctors to Give Inaccurate Information & Bodily Autonomy Arguments Among Most Concerning on Bans

Among independents, the most concerning statements focus on the ability of people to make their own medical decisions (71% total concerning) and framing pro-abortion ban politicians as hypocrites who also stand against sex education and contraception (70%).

The Court Undermining Roe Would Motivate Democrats Significantly More Than Republicans to Turn Out in 2022

A majority of Americans who describe themselves as “pro-choice” say the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade would make them “much more motivated” to vote in 2022.

About The Study

This release features findings from national online surveys of 997 registered voters conducted April 14 - 18, 2022. Additional interviews were conducted among 100 Hispanic voters, 101 African American voters, 100 independents without a partisan lean, and 76 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

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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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