A new poll from USA Today-Suffolk suggests that Americans’ outrage about Roe v. Wade being overturned is largely exaggerated.
Most Americans will not move out of their states or feel more compelled to vote if the U.S. Supreme Court allows states to protect unborn babies from abortion again, according to poll results reported at The Hill.
The poll asked 1,000 Americans if a state abortion ban would make them feel more or less likely to want to stay in that state. A strong majority (60 percent) said their desire to live in that state would not change, and 5 percent said they would feel more likely to live there. In contrast, only 31 percent said they would think their state is a less desirable place to live.
According to The Hill, “The proportion who said an abortion ban would make their state less desirable was higher for respondents aged 18 to 25 — clocking in at 42 percent — and those with a college degree.”
The results also crushed abortion activists’ hopes that the likely ruling will motivate more voters to head to the polls and support pro-abortion candidates in November.
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Here’s more from the report:
The new poll found that two-thirds of respondents said the state of the economy mattered more than abortion rights, which was a bigger priority for 23 percent. …
Additionally, more than three-quarters of respondents — 77 percent — said a Supreme Court decision overturning Roe would have no effect on their likelihood to vote.
Like many past surveys, the poll also found contradictory results about Roe and abortion laws. While a strong majority of respondents said they do not want the 1973 abortion ruling to be overturned, a strong majority also said they support greater limits on abortion than what Roe allows.
According to the poll, Americans strongly oppose abortion after the first trimester, with 56 percent opposing “midterm” abortions and 67 percent opposing late-term abortions.
Under Roe, states are forced to legalize abortions for any reason up to viability and allowed to legalize abortions for any reason up to birth. As a result, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe,” legal abortions in the past 50 years.
Earlier this month, LifeNews highlighted 14 recent polls, all of which show public support for pro-life laws. A few examples from the list:
- May 2022: A Rasmussen/RMG Research poll shows 65% of Americans essentially want Roe overturned.
- May 2022: A new Trafalgar Group poll shows 57.6% of Americans believe all abortions should be banned or banned when an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected.
- January 2022: A Marist poll found 71% of Americans want abortions to be illegal or more limited, which essentially supports overturning Roe.
- 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’s 56% of Americans who are for overturning completely or setting the abortion limit at 15 weeks, which can be done by overturning Roe.
Soon, the Supreme Court is expected to release its decision on a major abortion case out of Mississippi, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. A leaked draft ruling in May showed a majority agreeing to overturn Roe and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.