The poll was taken on Tuesday, the day after POLITICO published Judge Samuel Alito’s draft opinion, which would quash Roe vs. Wade and allow states to restrict abortion.
When asked whether abortion should be legal or illegal nationally, or whether it should be owned by the states, 47% say it should be legal, 21% say it should be illegal, and 19% say it’s up to the states to decide.
Although there is little support for undoing Roe vs. Wade, polls suggest that some limits on abortion are popular. Only 25% of voters polled in the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll say abortion should be “legal in all cases”, although a further 31% say it should be “legal in most cases”. About a quarter, 24%, say abortion should be “illegal in most cases”, and only 11% say it should be “illegal in all cases”.
The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll surveyed 1,955 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. Surveys conducted entirely in one day may also include other sources of error.
A similar dynamic was evident in a Fox News poll released on Tuesday, but conducted before POLITICO’s report. This poll revealed that voters overwhelmingly think Roe vs. Wade expected to hold against reversed, 63 percent to 27 percent. But 54% of voters say they would support a 15-week abortion ban similar to the one the Supreme Court is weighing in Mississippi in their own state.
Morning Consult is a global data intelligence company, providing insight into what people are thinking in real time by surveying tens of thousands of people around the world every day.
More details on the survey and its methodology can be found in these two documents: toplines | Crosstabs