Poll: Majority of Americans oppose Texas abortion law

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Most Americans say the Supreme Court should overturn a Texas law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. Washington Post-ABC News Poll Tuesday out.

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why it matters: The vote comes after the Supreme Court heard two cases on the Texas law earlier this month. It’s ready to hear a case over Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban—a direct challenge Roe vs. Wade – on 1st December

  • Texas law, which provides no exceptions for rape or incest, allows people to sue someone suspected of helping someone obtain an abortion, even if they have a direct relationship with that person or No. A prize of at least $10,000 can be awarded to those who succeed.
  • The Supreme Court is not considering the merits of the Texas law, only whether it can be challenged in federal court.

By numbers: 65% of Americans surveyed said the court should reject the Texas abortion law, while 29% said the law should be upheld, according to a later poll by ABC.

  • 60%, meanwhile, said the court should uphold Cry, While 27% said the landmark decision should be reversed, views that are consistent with the 2005 poll, according to Washington Post,

big picture: Americans widely oppose action by states to increase restrictions on abortion.

  • 36% of Americans surveyed supported state laws that make abortion clinics more difficult to operate, while 58% opposed such restrictions, with 45% saying they “strongly” oppose them.
  • 75% of Americans also largely believe that an individual’s decision to have an abortion should be left up to the individual and their doctors, while 20% said that abortion access should be regulated by law.

Between the lines: Thoughts on abortion are increasingly along party lines, “though Democrats and Republicans are not opposite mirrors,” the Post writes.

  • “The preference for Roe peaks in 70% of people identifying themselves as strong conservatives, but drops to 38% among somewhat conservative people,” according to ABC News,
  • According to the survey, Roe is supported by the vast majority of people who identify as strong liberals and, to a lesser extent, moderates.
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go in: What would abortion access look like if Roe v. Wade were reversed

Methodology: The Washington Post/ABC News poll was conducted November 7-10. The survey is based on a random sample of 1,001 adults across the country on cell phones and landlines. The margin of sampling error is ±3.5 percentage points for the overall results and is larger for the subgroups by post.


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