A new Fox News poll released today showed a majority of Americans want abortions banned and would support either a heartbeat law protecting babies at 6 weeks or a 15-week abortion ban.
The new national poll was completed shortly before Monday night’s leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft majority opinion striking down Roe v. Wade, which allows abortions up to birth.
When asked how they would feel if such a law were passed in their state, just over half of voters favor it (54 percent) while 41 percent are opposed.
Voters were also asked how they felt about a similar ban (with medical exceptions) on abortion after only six weeks, which is the new standard in Texas. Voters split on this policy: 50% favor vs. 46% oppose.
The nine-week difference in the Mississippi and Texas laws appears consequential to voters. Some key groups like independents (+9), suburban women (+10), and moms (+11) are more likely to support a 15-week ban over a 6-week one, while others such as Hispanic voters (-8) and those who worship regularly (-5) are less likely.
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The Fox News poll also asked a similar question the annual Gallup survey that more specifically breaks down how Americans feel about abortion and it showed a majority of Americans want all or most abortions made illegal. Americans are pro-life on a 54-44% margin.
Overall, 44% think abortion should be legal all (27%) or most of the time (17%), while a majority of 54% thinks it should be illegal all (11%) or most of the time (43%). The “legal” number is a record low and it’s also the first time the portion saying “illegal” has been above 50% on a Fox News poll.
The poll also found pro-life Americans are more likely to be concerned about abortion.
Trump voters (+12), seniors (+12), very conservative voters (+10), Blacks (+9), Hispanics (+9), and Catholics (+8) are some of those most likely to show increased concerned about abortion.
Democratic pollster Chris Anderson’s company Beacon Research conducts the Fox News survey along with Republican pollster Daron Shaw. Conducted April 28-May 1, 2022 under the joint direction of Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R), this Fox News Poll includes interviews with 1,003 registered voters nationwide who were randomly selected from a national voter file and spoke with live interviewers on both landlines and cellphones. The total sample has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.