By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, voters oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted immediately after POLITICO published a draft opinion from the Supreme Court that would eviscerate the 1973 precedent guaranteeing federal abortion rights.
Half of voters (50 percent) say Roe v. Wade should not be overturned — more than the 28 percent who say it should be overturned. More than 2-in-10 voters, 22 percent, are undecided, according to the poll.
Majorities of Democrats (68 percent) and Independents (52 percent) say Roe should not be overturned, while a narrow majority of Republicans (51 percent) say it should.
The poll was conducted Tuesday, the day after POLITICO published Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion, which would strike down Roe v. Wade and allow states to restrict abortion.
Asked whether abortion should be legal or illegal nationwide, or whether it should be up to the states, 47 percent say it should be legal, 21 percent say it should be illegal, and 19 percent say it should be up to the states to decide.
While there is little support for striking down Roe v. Wade, polls do suggest some limits on abortion are popular. Only 25 percent of voters surveyed in the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll say abortion should be “legal in all cases,” though an additional 31 percent say it should be “legal in most cases.” Roughly a quarter, 24 percent, say abortion should be “illegal in most cases,” and only 11 percent say it should be “illegal in all cases.”