Support for abortion rights in the US has reached an all-time high since an NBC News poll first began investigating the issue in 2003.
The poll, released on Sunday, came after a recently leaked Supreme Court draft opinion found a majority of justices are poised to oust Roe v. calfa landmark case that has protected federal abortion rights since 1973. The latest poll found that 63 percent of Americans oppose scrapping the legislation.
Overall, the poll found that 60 percent of respondents believe abortion should be a legally protected right. Of those, 37 percent said it should always be legal, while 23 percent said it should be legal most of the time. However, 32 percent said abortion should be illegal with exceptions, while 5 percent said there should be no exceptions.
These numbers represent the highest support for abortion rights in the US since NBC News began polling nearly two decades ago. In last year’s poll, 54 percent of respondents said abortion should be legal, while just 44 percent said the same thing in 2003.
Across party lines, the latest poll found that 84 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of independents said abortion should be legal, while just 33 percent of Republicans agreed. In addition, 52 percent of all registered voters said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who supports a coup Roe v. calf.
The survey was conducted on May 5-7 and May 9-10 among 1,000 adults. She has an error rate of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
The Supreme Court’s draft does not represent a final decision, but it has since sparked outrage among activists who fear what the US will look like if abortion rights are left entirely to the states. When news week As previously reported, nearly half the country could soon ban access to safe abortions if Roe v. calf is officially cancelled. In some states, lawmakers have even promised a total ban on abortion, with no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.
Thousands of supporters marched through major US cities this weekend to protest the leaked draft advisory. Activists have also rallied outside the Supreme Court and rallied near the homes of conservative judges to call for federal abortion protections.
Proponents have largely attributed the matter to the current composition of the court, which consists of six conservative-leaning and three liberal-leaning judges. Earlier this week, Senate Democrats failed to pass legislation that would codify abortion rights at the federal level, and all Republican lawmakers voted against it.
“To protect the right to vote, voters need to elect more pro-choice senators this November and bring back a pro-choice majority in the House of Representatives,” said President Joe Biden, a longtime pro-abortion advocate, in response to the effort. “If so, Congress can pass that bill in January and put it on my desk for me to sign into law.”
https://www.newsweek.com/poll-finds-strongest-abortion-rights-support-since-2003-start-question-1706784 Poll finds strongest support for abortion rights since 2003 when question began