Only 6% of Americans Agree With Democrats That Abortions Should be Allowed Up to Birth

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 3, 2019   |   4:15PM   |   Washington, DC

Very few Americans agree with the Democratic Party’s support of abortions without restriction through all nine months of pregnancy, according to a new poll from Harvard University.

The Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, which was released exclusively to The Hill last week, found that just 6 percent of Americans said abortions should be allowed “up until the birth of the child,” while only 8 percent said they should be permitted up to the third trimester.

It also found that a majority of Americans want the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade.

The polling indicates that there is a stark contrast between voters’ positions and the stance of basically every Democrat running for president in 2020. None of the leading contenders – including Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, or Elizabeth Warren – have said they support any restrictions on abortions.

According to the report:

The polling results suggest Americans believe there should be some restrictions on when women can seek abortions.

A plurality — 41 percent — said the procedure should be allowed only in cases of rape or incest. Twenty-nine percent said it should be permitted up until the first trimester of pregnancy, while 17 percent said it should be allowed until the second trimester.

More than 50 percent of Americans also want the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider Roe, which forced states to allow abortions for basically any reason up to birth.

Asked about the infamous abortion ruling, 18 percent said they want it overturned altogether, while 36 percent said the Supreme Court should modify the ruling. In contrast, 46 percent said the high court should uphold the ruling, according to the poll.

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The Daily Wire commented on the poll:

… the main takeaway should be that Americans continue to disapprove of abortion during the third trimester. That point is clearly lost on the politicians discussing third-term abortions and even allowing a child to die after it has been born, as Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) suggested on a radio program several months ago.

Don’t expect this poll to stop any abortion proponents. A CBS poll published 10 days earlier found 67% wanted Roe v. Wade upheld, while only 28% wanted it overturned. That’s the number proponents will focus on, instead of the overwhelming majority who don’t want abortion allowed during the third trimester.

The mainstream media also has ignored other recent polling showing strong support for heartbeat laws. A May Hill-HarrisX survey found that 55 percent of voters said they do not think laws banning abortions after six weeks – when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable – are too restrictive.

Earlier this year, a Marist University poll found that just 13 percent of Americans support a New York law that legalized abortions for basically any reason up to birth.

Through the years, Gallup polling consistently has found similar results. A majority of Americans oppose most or all abortions. In 2018, 53 percent of Americans said abortions should be legal in only a few or no circumstances, compared to 43 percent who said abortions should be legal all or most circumstances.