Poll shows voters support preserving abortion rights despite opposition to Roe v. Wade

Voters support preserving abortion rights, even among those who oppose Roe v. Wade, according to new poll results. By a 46-40 percent margin, respondents in the ABC News/Washington Post poll say the U.S. Supreme…

Poll shows voters support preserving abortion rights despite opposition to Roe v. Wade

Voters support preserving abortion rights, even among those who oppose Roe v. Wade, according to new poll results.

By a 46-40 percent margin, respondents in the ABC News/Washington Post poll say the U.S. Supreme Court should uphold the ruling legalizing abortion, while 19 percent support overturning it. Support for preserving the decision exceeds opposition by 8 points.

There is less support for changing how many states allow abortion, such as by allowing a specific procedure or by allowing clinics to be open 24 hours a day. By a 46-37 percent margin, respondents say current abortion laws should remain unchanged.

That’s slightly down from the prior survey in April when 48 percent said existing abortion laws should stay the same. There is also a gender gap, with men saying the status quo should hold 38 percent to 35 percent and women saying abortions should remain legal by a 44-38 percent margin.

The poll of 1,005 adults was conducted April 29-May 2 by landline and cell phone and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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