Two-thirds of Americans side with the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide, the highest level it’s been in the non-partisan Quinnipiac poll.

Abortion should be legal in all cases, 28 percent of American voters say in the poll, matching the highest level of support for abortion in all cases since Quinnipiac University first asked the question in 2004.

Another 32 percent say abortion should be legal in most cases.

Just 27 percent say abortion should be illegal in most cases, with 8 percent saying it should be illegal in all cases.

That’s the lowest level of support for illegal in all cases, since Quinnipiac started asking the question over a decade ago.

American voters agree 65 – 27 percent with the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision.

Republicans disagree 58 – 34 percent.

By 57 – 29 percent, American voters do not think the Supreme Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade in the next few years.

Voters say 82 – 13 percent that abortion should be legal when pregnancy is caused by rape or incest.

Republicans agree 68 – 25 percent.

And voters oppose 48 – 41 percent banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable.

Men are divided as 43 percent support the fetal heartbeat rule, with 45 percent opposed.

Women oppose the fetal heartbeat rule 51 – 39 percent.


Select results in the Quinnipiac University National Poll:

  • 28% of U.S. voters said abortion should be legal in all cases.
  • 32% said abortion should be legal in most cases.
  • 65% agree with Roe v. Wade, the decision that made abortion legal across the country.
  • 82% are in favor of legal abortion in the case of rape or incest.
  • 48% are opposed to laws that outlaw abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, while 41% support them.


Anti-abortion laws have recently passed in Alabama and Georgia, while several other Republican-controlled states are looking at similar pieces of legislation.

“There is little ambivalence as recent legislation in Alabama, Missouri and other states renews an emotional national debate over abortion,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“Americans are in agreement on upholding one of the country’s most contentious rulings.

“And in the nightmarish scenario of rape or incest, party lines fall away in support of allowing abortions.”

Abortions are down to the lowest rate since the landmark case Roe v. Wade legalized a woman’s right to abortion in 1973, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From 2006 until 2015, the total number of reported abortions decreased by 24 percent — from more than 840,000 in 2006 to about 638,000 in 2015, the report found.


Attribution:Quinnipiac University
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