New Poll Demolishes the Idea That Americans Oppose Abortion Bans

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 16, 2022   |   7:03PM   |   Columbus, Ohio

To hear it from Democrats and the liberal media, Americans are strongly opposed to the 15 abortion bans that are currently in place across the country.

But a new poll from Ohio — which is hardly a rock solid conservative state — demolishes the notion that a huge majority of Americans oppose abortion bans. It shows that Ohio residents are split on the state’s heartbeat law that protect babies from abortions once a sonogram at 6 weeks can prove their hearts have begun beating.

The survey, sponsored by two media outlets and a local college — NBC4, Emerson College and The Hill — shows 50% of Ohio residents support the heartbeat abortion ban while 50% oppose it.

The question asked: “Do you support or oppose Ohio’s abortion law, which prohibits abortion after six weeks, or when a fetus has a detectable heartbeat. This law has exceptions in order to save the mother’s life or prevent long term impairment of the mother’s bodily function.”

As the pollsters noted:

Fifty percent of those polled supported the state’s abortion law, which prohibits abortion after six weeks or when a fetus has a detectable heartbeat. Fifty percent opposed the law. The law has exceptions in order to save the mother’s life or prevent long-term impairment of the mother’s bodily function.

Meanwhile, another new poll shows Americans want limits on killing babies in aboritons.

While the liberal media and Democrats make it appear Americans support abortion on demand just because abortion activists are upset that states are protecting babies, polling data keeps confirming Americans do not support unlimited abortions up to birth.

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As CNS News reports:

The national survey of 20,799 U.S. adults by The 19th and SurveyMonkey, conducted from August 22 through August 29, reveals that less than a third (31%) think abortion should be “legal in all cases.” But, two-thirds (65%) believe it should have at least some restrictions, including 10% who want an outright ban “in all cases.”

Sixty-six percent (66%) of Independents and 86% of Republicans and those who lean Republican think there should be limitations on abortion, compared to about half (47%) of Democrats/leaners. Among female respondents, 61% say abortion should be restricted, compared to 70% of males.

While Democrats are counting on the issue of abortion to tip November’s midterm elections in their favor, survey results show that the issue of abortion isn’t a much of a motivator influencing respondents’ decision to vote.

“Jobs and the economy” (24%) and “preserving democracy” (24%) tied for the top response to the question of “What is motivating you the most to vote?” – more than three times the 7% who said “abortion” is their main reason for voting. Ten percent (10%) of Democrats cited abortion as their biggest motivation, compared to 8% of Independents and just 3% of Republicans.

Here are more recent polls showing Americans are pro-life on abortion.

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.

May 2022: A new Rasmussen poll shows more Americans want Roe v. Wade overturned than want to keep the infamous Supreme Court decision in place that allows abortions up to birth.

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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