Poll Shows 69% of Americans Want Abortions Banned or Limited

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 18, 2023   |   3:55PM   |   Washington, DC

A new Marist College poll finds 69% of Americans want abortions banned or limited.

The poll found almost half of Americans support abortion bans and almost 70% of Americans want to ban late-term abortions.

“Nearly 7 in 10 Americans believe abortion should be limited,” Dr. Barbara L. Carvalho, Director of the Marist Poll, said in a statement Wednesday. “After a year of contentious public debate over the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, the results are comparable to the findings of a Knights of Columbus–Marist Poll conducted last January.”

The poll also found that support for abortion bans and limiting abortion has increased from June 2022 – when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Although the decision resulted in a temporary bump of pro-abortion opinion, the number of people favoring bans or limits has increased from 62% at that time to 69% now.

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The national survey also found that Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortions both in the United States and in other countries and oppose killing unborn babies just because they have Down syndrome. The poll also indicated a majority of Americans support conscience rights for medical professionals who refuse to participate in abortions and strong support for pro-life pregnancy centers that help women find abortion alternatives.

Sixty percent of Americans oppose or strongly oppose using tax dollars to pay for a woman’s abortion, compared to 54 percent in 2022.

The percentage of Americans who oppose or strongly oppose funding abortions with tax dollars in other nations increased from 73 percent to 78 percent between 2022 and 2023.

The survey of 1,025 adults, including 885 registered voters, was conducted January 6th through January 9th, 2023.