Poll finds more voters in favor of banning abortion for 15 weeks than against it


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More US voters favor a 15-week abortion ban than some US state lawmakers are calling for, according to a new survey.

Of the 1,500 American voters who took part in a poll by the the wall street journal48% said they would at least somewhat support restrictions on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with some exemptions to protect the health of the mother, while 43% said they would oppose them.

Anti-abortion activists take part in the 49th annual March for Life as they march past the United States Supreme Court on January 21, 2022 in Washington, DC
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A total of 31% of voters said they strongly support a 15-week ban, while 34% of those polled said they strongly oppose such a measure. Another 17% said they were somewhat in favor of the ban and 10% said they were somewhat opposed.

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Among those opposing and supporting the measure, the results were split along party lines. Only 21% of Democrats signaled support for 15-week bans compared to 75% of Republicans. According to the poll, only 20% of Republicans oppose a 15-week ban.

Abortion rights activists demonstrate outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC on December 1, 2021.

Abortion rights activists demonstrate outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC on December 1, 2021.
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Nevertheless, a majority of 55% say they think abortion should be legal “in all or most cases”, while 30% say it should be illegal except in cases of rape, incest and medical emergencies. Only 11% don’t want it to be legal at all.

Lawmakers and governors in several states — including Mississippi, Florida, Arizona and Kentucky — have introduced, and even signed into law, measures banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC on January 31, 2017.

The United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC on January 31, 2017.
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The Supreme Court is reviewing a 15-week abortion ban from Mississippi. The court’s decision on the matter could have a direct impact on the landmark Roe v. Wade, which allows a woman to have an abortion up to the point of fetal viability, usually between 22 and 24 weeks.

The Wall Street Journal poll was conducted March 2-7 and collected responses from 1,500 registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.


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