Poll: Support for abortion rights is strong, even among most religious groups

by | Feb 23, 2023 | Religion

 (RNS) — Nearly two-thirds of Americans support legal abortion and those views have not budged much in the months since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal right to an abortion and sent control over the medical procedure to the states.The same is true among religious Americans. Majorities of religious Americans support legal abortion. The outliers are white evangelicals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Latter-day Saints and Hispanic Protestants.
Those are among the findings of a new PRRI survey of nearly 23,000 Americans conducted between March and December of 2022. The Supreme Court released its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning the constitutional right to abortion, in June.
The survey also finds overwhelming opposition to a federal abortion ban.  (Sen. Lindsey Graham proposed a 15-week abortion ban in September.) Just 12% of Americans said Congress should pass a national law banning abortion. In fact, 53% of Americans say Congress should pass a national law preserving a right to abortion.
“Support for banning the procedure is not popular at all with most Americans, not even Republicans,” said Melissa Deckman, CEO of PRRI. States trying to enact near-total bans …

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