Majority says abortion should be ‘primarily’ or ‘always’ illegal


Most Americans believe abortion should be either “mostly” or “always” illegal, and support banning abortion after 15 weeks, according to a Fox News poll released this week.

The national poll, conducted before the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion quashing Roe vs. Wade, found that 54% supported banning abortion in their respective states after 15 weeks of pregnancy, compared to 41% who opposed it. Additionally, more people support banning abortion in their state after just six weeks than oppose it — 50% to 46%.

Notably, 63% said deer should be held, against 27% who oppose it. But even so, as the survey reveals, 54% think abortion should be illegal most or all of the time. Of these, 36% said it should be ‘mostly’ illegal and 11% said it should ‘always’ be illegal. A total of 71% think there should be at least some limits on abortion:

Overall, 44% think abortion should be legal all the time (27%) or most of the time (17%), while a majority of 54% think it should be illegal all the time (11%) or most of the time (43%). The “legal” number is a record and it is also the first time that the proportion saying “illegal” exceeds 50% in a Fox News poll.

Of the four positions, the largest share, 43%, think abortion should be illegal except in certain circumstances, such as rape, incest and to save the life of the mother.

“American views on abortion are more nuanced than is often assumed,” says [pollster Daron] Shaw. “Sixty percent think abortion should be legal, but with restrictions. The question is where to draw the line.

The survey was conducted from April 28 to May 1, 2022 among 1,003 registered voters and has a margin of error of +/- 3%.

This follows perhaps the biggest news of the week – Policy publication of a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion quashing Roe v. Wade. The bill, reportedly written by Judge Samuel Alito, says it is “time to uphold the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the elected representatives of the people.”

The leak has sparked an outcry among pro-abortion activists as Democratic lawmakers scramble to drum up support to abolish the filibuster to codify deer in the law.

Jessica Golibart cries as protesters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC on May 3, 2022. The Supreme Court is set to strike down the right to abortion in the United States, according to a draft majority opinion disclosed. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)


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