As abortion opponents continue to press Congress to pass a national abortion ban, public opinion surveys show that an overwhelming majority of people don’t want it.
Data released this month from Navigator Research shows that nearly 7 in 10 Americans oppose a nationwide abortion ban. And people of all political beliefs oppose a ban — including independents by a 46-point margin (24% supportive, 70% opposed) and even many Republicans (44% supportive, 49% opposed).
Overturning Roe v. Wade Was Unpopular
The Navigator survey confirms polling from throughout the summer, which showed high disapproval of the Supreme Court decision to end the federal constitutional right to abortion when it overturned Roe v. Wade. The majority of Americans just don’t want politicians to have control over our personal lives — including whether and when we have kids.
About 3 out of 4 people believe that the decision to have an abortion should be a personal choice, and 7 in 10 Americans don’t think politicians “are informed enough” about abortion to “create fair policies.” An overwhelming majority of adults, nearly 8 in 10, believes that the decision to have an abortion should be left to a woman and her doctor instead of state politicians.
People Want Laws That Protect Abortion Access
A clear majority of Americans — 62% — supports a nationwide law that protects the right to get an abortion. People understand that abortion bans will affect their lives and the lives of the people they love.
And folks who are hurt the most by abortion bans — thanks to systemic racism and discrimination — are ready to fight back. Two-thirds of Black adults (66%) and Hispanic adults (69%) say the end of federal constitutional protection of abortion access makes them more motivated to vote.
(Pictured at top: A crowd in Pittsburgh demonstrating on June 24, 2022, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Photo by Mark Dixon.)
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