More voters are worried about the state of the economy rather than the possibility of the Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wadea new university in Suffolk/USA today survey found.
The poll results come after an unknown source leaked a draft Supreme Court opinion regarding Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationa case centered on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban and the most significant challenge to Roe vs. Wade in decades. Leaked draft indicates court may overturn 1973 ruling Roe vs. Wade decision declaring abortion a right protected by the United States Constitution. If the court overturns Roe, individual states will create their own abortion laws.
The judges are expected to issue their official ruling in the coming days, leaving both sides of the abortion argument on edge. Democrats have already begun to spin the potential loss of the midterm elections, hoping to lure voters to the polls. However, the University of Suffolk poll shows that while voters view abortion as a significant issue, they are more concerned about the dire state of the economy, which is overseen entirely by Democrats who control the House, Senate and the presidency.
When asked “What matters more to your vote, abortion rights or the state of the economy,” 66.2% of 1,000 respondents said the economy , while 23.3% answered the so-called “abortion rights”.
When voters were asked what they thought of abortion as it relates to the midterm elections in November, only 14.6% said “abortion is the most important issue for my vote “. On the other hand, 20.6% said that “abortion is not an important issue for my vote”. The majority of voters (62%) said “abortion is an important issue, but it’s not the most important issue.”
Notably, 76.6% of voters said a Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade would not change the likelihood of them participating in the midterm elections. About 1% of voters said it would make them “less likely” to participate and 19.7% said the decision would make them “more likely”.
Voters were roughly evenly split, 41.2% ‘yes’ to 41.7% ‘no’, when asked if they would vote for a candidate they disagreed with on abortion if they agreed with them on other issues.
The University of Suffolk survey results are similar to another Redfield & Wilton Strategies poll released this week. This poll found that 61% of voters say the economy is the number one issue determining how they will vote in the midterm elections. The economy was also the top issue for Trump voters (77%) as well as Biden voters (55%).
No other issues came close, as health care came a distant second, with 31% identifying it as a major issue. Abortion comes third with 27%.
Suffolk University/ USA today survey was conducted between June 12 and 15 and has a margin of error of ± 3.1%.