Poll Shows Americans Reject Abortion on Demand Up to Birth

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 23, 2022   |   9:29AM   |   Washington, DC

Another new poll in recent weeks shows a majority of Americans don’t want abortion on demand up to birth.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds 67% of Americans believe abortions should not be allowed late in pregnancy. In fact just 13% support the view of Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat Party that abortions should be legal for any reason up to birth.

The poll confirms what has been true for many years, that Democrats are pro-abortion generally while Republicans are typically pro-life. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Democrats are pro-choice, while 66% of Republicans are pro-life. The poll finds  12% of Democrats and 19% of unaffiliated voters believe all abortions should be illegal while only 4% of Republicans support abortions up to birth.

Even most people who say they support abortion don’t support killing babies up to birth — as the new Rasmussen poll shows among those who identify as pro-choice, just 23% believe abortion should be legal at any time during a pregnancy before the moment of birth.

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Joe Biden’s strongest supporters are also the most adamant supporters of abortion. Among voters who Strongly Approve of Biden’s job performance as presidency, 79% describe themselves as pro-choice, including 22% who believe abortion should be legal at any time during a pregnancy before the moment of birth. By contrast, among those who Strongly Disapprove of Biden’s performance, only 19% identify as pro-choice, and 89% think abortion should be illegal past the third month of pregnancy.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on May 15-16, 2022 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

This survey follows on the heels of many other national poll showing Americans are pro-life:

May 2022: A Fox News poll found Americans are pro-life on a 54-44% margin and majorities want abortions banned after either 6 weeks or 15 weeks.

January 2022: A Marist poll found 71% of Americans want aboritons to be made illegal or for more limits to be placed on them, all essentially supporting overturning Roe.

September 2021: A new Rasmussen poll shows Americans support the Texas abortion ban to save babies from abortion by a 46-43% margin.

June 2021: Gallup found 52% of Americans take a pro-life position on abortion wanting all (19%) or almost all 33% abortions made illegal.

January 2021: A 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.

December 2021: A Harvard-Harris poll found 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 can be done by overturning Roe.

July 2020: Gallup found 55% of Americans take a pro-life position on abortion wanting all (21%) or almost all 39% abortions made illegal.

June 2020: A CBS 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.

January 2020: Gallup found 58% of Americans oppose abortion on demand.

May 2019: A new Hill-HarrisX survey found that 55 percent of voters support laws banning abortions after six weeks – when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable.

June 2019: A Morning Consult poll found 61% of Americans want all or almost all abortions made illegal.