New Poll Shows 56% of Americans Want Roe Overturned or Mississippi Abortion Ban Upheld

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 7, 2021   |   1:30PM   |   Washington, DC

A new poll shows a majority of Americans want Roe v. Wade either fully overturned or limited because it allows late-term abortions.

Polling data on where Americans stand on the infamous 1973 Supreme Court case is historically unreliable because most polls merely ask people whether they want to overturn Roe and a majority of respondents have no idea that Roe v. Wade essentially allows abortions up to birth unless states take the only actions Roe allows, which is limiting abortions after viability, when unborn babies can live outside the womb. Some people even believe Roe was a pro-life Supreme Court case that protected babies from aboritons or that it merely allowed very early abortions while letting states ban most of the rest.

With that in mind, the only polling data on Roe that has any validity is data collected about questions where what Roe did is more fully explained.

A new Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey attempts to do that but still leaves a false impression with respondents. The poll told survey-takers that Roe allowed abortions up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, which makes Roe (and its companion case Doe v. Bolton that modified Roe by allowing abortions for any reason up to birth) seems less extreme by comparison.

Despite the flawed question, a majority of Americans are still unhappy with Roe v. Wade.

The poll found 32% of Americans want to repeal Roe v. Wade entirely and another 24% of Americans believe the Supreme Court should uphold the Mississippi abortion ban at issue in the recent Supreme Court case, which bans abortions on unborn babies up to 15 weeks. That’ 56% of Americans who are for overturning completely or setting the abortion limit at 15 weeks — which the Supreme Court justices admitted would require overturning Roe to accomplish so as to uphold the Mississippi pro-life law.

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The poll also found that just 8% of Americans agree with Joe Biden, Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry in supporting abortions up to birth.

The annual Gallup poll is a more accurate reflection of where Americans stand on aboritons, though it is imperfect as well.

Typically the Gallup poll has found in majority of Americans oppose all or most abortions even though some Americans who technically take a pro-life position opposing abortion wrongly think they are supposedly pro-choice. In the past, the Gallup survey has found for many years that roughly half or just over half of Americans oppose all or almost all abortions. The newest polling data is no different.

Gallup found 52% of Americans take a pro-life position on abortion wanting all (19%) or almost all 33% abortions made illegal.

The Gallup poll tracks with other recent polls showing a pro-life majority on abortion.

A January 2021 Marist Poll found a majority of Americans are pro-life and oppose all or virtually all abortions that take place in America today.

When asked, 51% of Americans take a pro-life position with 12% of Americans say abortion should never be permitted under any circumstance, 11% of Americans say abortions should only be permitted to save the life of the mother and 28% of Americans take a pro-life position opposing 98% of abortions except in cases of rape or incest or if necessary to save the life of the mother.

A new CBS News poll shows the majority of Americans oppose killing unborn babies in abortions or say they want more limits on abortion, which virtually unlimited in many states. The poll found just 43% of Americans think abortions should be generally available while 55% of Americans say it should either be more limited or should not be permitted altogether.

Another January 2020 poll, from Gallup, found a majority of Americans are dissatisfied with current laws allowing abortion on demand.

“Fifty-eight percent of Americans say they are dissatisfied with the nation’s policies on abortion, marking a seven-percentage-point increase from one year ago and a new high in Gallup’s trend,” it reported.

In the spring of 2019, a Hill-HarrisX survey found that 55 percent of voters said they do not think heartbeat laws are too restrictive – even though they would ban almost all abortions, according to The Hill.

And in the winter, Marist University research found that just 13 percent of Americans support abortion at any time during pregnancy. In contrast, 58 percent said they would like abortions to be allowed, at most, in cases of rape, incest and risks to the mother’s life, and an additional 22 percent would limit abortions to the first trimester. That is a full 80 percent of Americans who disagree with abortion activists’ agenda.

Meanwhile, another 2019 abortion poll found 58% of Americans want all or almost all abortions made illegal.

A poll conducted by the Morning Consult research firm found most Americans want abortions to be made illegal either in all cases or in very rare cases such as rape or incest or win the pregnancy directly threatens the life of the mother. Those cases constitute less than 2 or 3% of all abortions, meaning that most Americans support making virtually all abortions illegal.

In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade and Dole v. Bolton decisions that effectively took the decision-making process from states on abortion law and put it in the hands of 9 unelected judges. The decisions allowed virtually unlimited abortions and prohibited states from protecting unborn children from abortion except in the latter stages of pregnancy.

The new Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey of 1,989 registered voters was conducted from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. It is a collaboration of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and the Harris Poll. The survey is an online sample drawn from the Harris Panel and weighted to reflect known demographics. As a representative online sample, it does not report a probability confidence interval.