A new Gallup poll finds that a majority of Americans – 55% – now identify as “pro-choice” in the abortion rights debate, the highest level in 27 years.
Gallup found in 1995 that 56% of Americans—considering themselves pro-choice—supported the right to abortion. After that and till the latest polling, the percentage fluctuated from 45% to 50%.
Lydia Saad, Gallup’s director for US Social Research, attributed the increase in support for abortion rights to fears that Roe v. Wade could be destroyed in the wake of the leak of a draft opinion of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who argued against 50 years. Old regime which established authority.
Saad wrote, “The prospect of the Supreme Court overturning a case establishing women’s right to seek abortion prompted a section of Americans to identify the pro-choice side of the issue and express more outspoken support for abortion.” To be clearly shocked.” Gallup Report.
The increase was driven by Democrats. According to the poll, their identity as a choice increased from 70% to 88%.
Identity as “pro-choice” rather than “pro-life” also increased by 9 percentage points to 61% among women, 12 points to 67% among adults aged 18 to 34, and to 67% among adults aged 35 years. increased by 9 points to 58%. to 54
Gallup found that there was no significant change among Republicans, independents, men, or older Americans.
Among other findings, 39% of Americans identified as pro-life, the lowest percentage since 1996. And support for abortion widely among political independents rose 7 percentage points over the past year — but not among Republicans or Americans over 55. to vote.
Gallup conducted its own telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,007 adults over three weeks, beginning May 2, the day Politico published Alito’s draft opinion. The final decision of the Supreme Court could be issued within weeks.
Other recent elections have also found majority support for abortion rights, although numbers vary.
A Wall Street Journal survey found that more than two-thirds of Americans want to maintain Roe v. Wade, and most support access to legal abortion for any reason. The Journal called the results “four decades of evolution” in the country’s outlook on abortion rights.
The poll, taken even after Alito’s draft opinion leaked, was conducted with the non-partisan National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. It was released on Thursday.
The poll found that 68% of those polled said they would not want the court to overturn the row altogether.
The majority of respondents, 57%, said that one should be able to obtain a legal abortion for any reason — the highest percentage since NORC began asking the question every few years starting in 1977, the Journal noted. .
An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released in mid-May found that 64% of Americans opposed reversing Roe v. Wade. (compared to 58% in a Gallup poll).
In all surveys, support for abortion declined as the duration of pregnancy increased, as did abortion.
Check out the full Gallup poll report here.
Full NPR/PBS/Marist election results are available here. Read more about The Wall Street Journal/NORC here.