Support For Legal Abortion Reaches All-Time High Poll Finds As Democrats Hope Issue Will Draw Voters

Support For Legal Abortion Reaches All-Time High Poll Finds As Democrats Hope Issue Will Draw Voters

Support For Legal Abortion Reaches All-Time High Poll Finds As Democrats Hope Issue Will Draw Voters

Support For Legal Abortion Reaches All-Time High Poll Finds As Democrats Hope Issue Will Draw Voters
Support For Legal Abortion Reaches All-Time High Poll Finds As Democrats Hope Issue Will Draw Voters

TOPLINE Support for legal abortion has climbed to a record high, according to a new poll that comes as Democrats are leaning heavily on the issue in their 2024 campaigns.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday found 66% of voters believe abortion should be legal in either all or most cases—an all-time high in Quinnipiac’s two decades of polling.

Support for abortion in all cases also climbed to 34%, a record high, while support for banning abortion in all cases dipped to an all-time low of 5%.

The results are in line with other surveys that show support for abortion in all or most cases has significantly increased over the past decade—from 58% in June 2015 to 71% in March, according to a KFF survey.

Another survey released Wednesday by Bloomberg/Morning Consult suggests voters are more concerned about abortion rights in this year’s election than ever, with more than half of voters in seven swing states, for the first time in the tracking poll’s history, saying the issue is very important to how they’ll vote.

Voters in multiple states will decide in November whether to overturn restrictive abortion laws enacted in multiple Republican-led states in the wake of Roe v. Wade’s reversal, including Florida, where the president campaigned Tuesday in Tampa and blamed former President Donald Trump for the state’s restrictive six-week abortion ban voters will have a chance to overturn in November.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Voters in Florida will decide whether to enshrine the right to abortion into the state constitution, which would effectively reverse the six-week abortion ban Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law last year. Abortion rights supporters in Arizona also say they’ve gathered enough signatures to put a constitutional amendment before voters that would protect the right to abortion in the state and reverse a Civil War-era abortion ban the state Supreme Court reimplemented earlier this month. The Arizona state legislature may block the law from moving forward before voters have the chance to weigh in, however. The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday to repeal the 1864 law. If passed by the state Senate and signed by Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s 15-week abortion ban would go back into effect.

KEY BACKGROUND
Biden’s campaign has poured significant resources into attacking Trump for his appointment of conservative Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, while the president has promised to reinstate the federal right to abortion if he’s elected to another term. Republicans, meanwhile, have struggled to devise a cohesive messaging strategy on the issue, something party leaders have attributed to a string of losses in key Senate and House races in the 2022 midterm election. In recent months, many Republicans, including Trump, have abandoned a push for a federal law banning abortion and have said abortion policies should be decided at the state level.

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