Democrats and Republicans are divided on how abortion policy should be applied in the U.S. What’s more, those divisions exist clearly within members of both parties. More than half of Republicans prefer each state to create its own policy on abortion. This includes 55% of moderate Republicans and 69% of conservative Republicans. Far fewer (34% of moderate Democrats and 17% of liberal Democrats) feel the same way.
A majority of Democrats prefer a single national policy that’s consistent across all states, including 83% of liberal Democrats and 66% of moderate Democrats. Some 45% of moderate Republicans and 31% of conservative Republicans share that view. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, leaving abortion policy up to the states; 44 states prohibit some abortions after a certain point in pregnancy, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a public-health think tank that supports abortion access.
“‘We find that Americans who favor legal abortion in most or all cases tend to prefer a single national policy.’ ”
— Chris Karpowitz and Jeremy Pope, professors at Brigham Young University
Overall, 56% of Americans prefer a single national policy, while 43% prefer state-level policies. “We find that Americans who favor legal abortion in most or all cases tend to prefer a single national policy, while those who prefer that abortion …