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Individuals and families should have the freedom to decide if and when to have children. Full stop.

Access to affordable, comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion, allows people to plan their lives and achieve their dreams. We’ve believed that for a long time. And we will continue to approach access to reproductive health care as a right for all – regardless of where they come from.

Banning access to abortion care affects all of us. Abortion restrictions disproportionally fall on people with low incomes and people of color, but everyone deserves access to expert, high-quality reproductive health care no matter how much money they earn, where they live, or where they get their insurance.

People should be able to make their own medical decisions with their doctors, just as they make many other important health decisions every day for themselves and their families. We need to protect everyone's fundamental right to control their own body, including whether to have an abortion, and ensure that everyone has options when it comes to making decisions about their health care, based on scientific facts -- not a political agenda.

And recent polling in California’s Central Valley shows that likely voters in 2022 are standing with us in this fight.


Lake Research Partners, a nationally respected Democratic political research firm in based in Washington D.C., designed and administered this mixed-method survey that was conducted from April 28-May 10, 2022. The survey reached a total of 600 likely voters statewide, with an oversample of 300 likely  voters across the Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte affiliate region in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern counties.

These Central Valley “‘Mar Monte’ likely 2022 voters” were weighted by age, race, and party affiliation. Mar Monte likely 2022 voters were weighted down into the base of likely voters, statewide, to reflect their proportion of the overall population. Data reflects 388 voters surveyed via the oversample and the base sample in the target counties. The margin of error is +/-5.0% for the 388 voters surveyed in the target counties.

Key Findings – The Abortion Landscape

This survey was in the field before, during, and after the leaked Dobbs U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

  • About half of Mar Monte voters are concerned about the impact to California if abortion access is banned in half the states.
  • A majority favor California ensuring that out-of-state patients have access to abortion.
  • Over half (55%) of Mar Monte voters are likely to vote for a political candidate who supports abortion access.
  • Over half of Mar Monte voters support abortion rights, with a third who believe abortion should be legal and generally available and subject to only limited regulation.
  • About four in 10 are opposed to abortion rights, but most of these voters believe abortion should be legal only in extreme circumstances.
  • More than six in 10 voters know someone who has had an abortion.

A solid majority of voters in the Mar Monte region support abortion rights, and a third believe abortion should be legal and generally available and subject to only limited regulation.

Half or more of women, younger voters, people of color, and Latinx voters feel very favorably toward Planned Parenthood in California.

At the end of the survey, a majority of many key subgroups of voters are likely to vote for a political candidate who supports abortion access.

This polling shows that, in the upcoming midterm elections, Central Valley voters are likely to be key supporters of abortion-access.


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