Poll Finds Majority of Americans Support Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 28, 2022   |   3:15PM   |   Washington, DC

A new Rasmussen poll finds a majority of Americans support the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Rasmussen finds 50% of Americans favor the decision allowing states to protect babies from abortion while just 45% oppose it.

The new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. voters approve of the Supreme Court abortion ruling, including 38% who Strongly Approve of the decision. Some 45% disapprove of the Supreme Court’s new ruling, including 38% who Strongly Disapprove.

Among Republican voters, 75% approve of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade and just 20% disapprove. Seventy-one percent (71%) of Democrats disapprove of the Supreme Court abortion ruling, but 25% approve.

Voters not affiliated with either major party are more closely divided, with 53% approving the court’s decision returning abortion to states and 42% disapproving.

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of pro-choice voters disapprove of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, while 88% of pro-life voters approve of the new abortion ruling.

According to Rasmussen, 53% of whites, 41% of black voters and 49% of other minorities at least somewhat approve of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Joe Biden’s strongest supporters are overwhelmingly against the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Among voters who Strongly Approve of Biden’s performance as president, 72% disapprove of the court’s ruling, including 63% who Strongly Disapprove of the decision. By contrast, among voters who Strongly Disapprove of Biden’s performance, 77% approve of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, including 63% who Strongly Approve of the ruling.

As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The high court also ruled 6-3 uphold the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban so states can further limit abortions and to get rid of the false viability standard.

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Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the judgment but, in his concurring opinion, disagreed with the reasoning and said he wanted to keep abortions legal but with a new standard.

Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was overturned and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state protecting babies from abortions and Kentucky became the 4th and Louisiana became the 5th and Ohio became the 6th and Utah became the 7th and Oklahoma became the 8th and Alabama became the 9th. Yesterday, Mississippi became the 10th and South Carolina became the 11th. Texas also had an old abortion ban go into effect and Tennessee became the 13th state.

Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia have old pro-life laws on the books but there is question about whether they are applicable and will be enforced.

Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or quickly ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.

The 13 total states with trigger laws that would effectively ban all or most abortions are: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

“Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

This is a landmark day for the Pro-Life movement and our entire nation. After staining the moral fabric of our country for nearly 50 years, Roe v. Wade is no more.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.

Polls show Americans are pro-life on abortion.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on June 26-27, 2022 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.