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WASHINGTON D.C. -- As the U.S. Senate considers Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States, a new survey conducted in Maine and Alaska by Clarity Campaign Labs on behalf of Planned Parenthood Action Fund shows that voters in both states strongly oppose overturning Roe v. Wade. The survey also shows that voters want to preserve the Affordable Care Act, and would think less of senators who voted for a Supreme Court nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Survey toplines:

  • Voters across party lines strongly support Roe v. Wade and do not want to see it overturned. Across party lines, 68 percent of voters in Maine and 63 percent of voters in Alaska do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned.
  • Voters would have a less favorable view of incumbent senators if they voted for a nominee who would favor overturning Roe. Forty-five percent of Maine voters and 42 percent of Alaska voters would have a less favorable view of their senator. 
  • Voters in Maine and Alaska are fired up about protecting Roe v. Wade and ready to take action — with a majority of voters in each state identifying a desire to take civic action to promote their views on Roe v. Wade. Sixty-four percent of Maine voters and 69 percent of Alaska voters would take some sort of action, such as writing a letter to the editor, signing a petition, contacting their representative, attending a rally, donating to an organization that supports their views, contacting other voters, or posting on social media.

The full polling memo with data can be read here. 

Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

The findings of this survey are no surprise: The majority of Americans do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned, and Maine and Alaska are no different. Brett Kavanaugh would threaten our right to safe, legal abortion if he’s confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Planned Parenthood and its 12 million supporters stand with the majority of Americans in urging the Senate to oppose the nomination of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and protect people’s constitutional right to safe, legal abortion.

Background:

In addition to this survey from Clarity Campaign Labs, a new Gallup poll, conducted immediately after federal judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court found Kavanaugh faces a higher level of opposition among Americans than any nominee Gallup has measured since 1987. The poll found that 41 percent of Americans want to see him confirmed, while 37 percent do not. 

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.

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