A Majority of Americans Say Abortion Should Be Legal in All or Most Cases
Americans see nuance on the issue, with most avoiding an absolutist position
3 June 2019
Washington, DC, June 3, 2019 – With the recent passage of state laws restricting abortion in nine states*, Ipsos along with USA Today conducted a public opinion survey to gather how the American public currently views this divisive issue. Our May 31-June 1, 2019 study finds that a clear majority of Americans (55%) say that abortion should be legal in most or all cases, that facilities that provide abortion services should be allowed to remain in operation (73%), and that the Supreme Court should maintain the legal right to abortion (80%). However, we also find that Americans see nuance on the issue with most Americans avoiding an absolutist position on abortion.
Politically, this survey underlines that opposition to abortion is most concentrated in the Republican party, where a clear majority (59%) believe it should be illegal. Republicans also are likely to believe the new focus on abortion is good for the country. However, when asked if the abortion debate will impact their likelihood to vote in 2020, more Democrats than Republicans say it is increasing their likelihood, indicating the current fight may be energizing the Democratic base.
Separating fact from fiction on abortion law reform
Jackie Edmond | Guest writer
Nov 5, 2018
Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond debunks some of the myths and misinformation around abortion law reform in New Zealand and the changes proposed by the Law Commission.
It’s important to have accurate information to decide how you feel about changing the law on abortion. The problem is, that isn’t always possible online. At Family Planning, we’ve had a number of queries about the law, and we’d like to present what we know to be accurate.
Abortion Issue May Be Mobilizing Democrats Ahead of Midterms
By Jeffrey Rodack
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
The issue of abortion could be a major factor in mobilizing Democrats to vote in the midterm elections, says FiveThirtyEight.
The website pointed to recent polls which indicate a shift in how important the issue is to Democrats and Republicans.
As Danger to ‘Roe’ Grows, Many Voters May Not Even Know That Abortion Is Legal
Sep 20, 2018
Rachel K. Jones
Up to one in five U.S. voters may not know what the law really is.
Ever since Roe v. Wade established the constitutional right to abortion, federal and state policymakers have been chipping away at what it really means for people seeking abortion care. Since 2011, states have passed more than 400 abortion restrictions. Now, with President Donald Trump’s promise to appoint justices to the U.S. Supreme Court committed to overturning Roe v. Wade (such as current nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh), the threat of government action to more fully undermine abortion access looms large.
Argentina holds historic abortion vote as 1m women rally to demand change
Senate votes on bill opposed by Catholic church and pope that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy
Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
Wed 8 Aug 2018
Ana María Acevedo was a 19-year-old housemaid and already the mother of three children when she was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw.
Her prognosis took a turn for the worse when doctors discovered she was two weeks pregnant, and cancelled her scheduled chemotherapy sessions.
No sign of shift in abortion referendum that No campaigners need
Analysis: Tonight’s RTÉ debate a chance for anti-abortion groups to influence swing voters
May 15, 2018
If there is to be a move in the abortion-referendum campaign, then this is moving week.
A slew of polls early in the campaign painted more or less the same picture: a substantial lead for the Yes side, and a pretty solid foundation for that support. That lead is not unassailable, and a dramatic late swing to the No side, of the sort we have seen in other referendum campaigns, could change the outcome.
Closer look at poll figures makes clear Eighth will be repealed
When undecided voters taken out of reckoning ‘Yes’ side has significant advantage
April 20, 2018
The abortion referendum will not be decided until this day five weeks, May 25th, when voters go to the polling stations to cast their votes on the future of the Eighth Amendment.
A lot of campaigning has yet to come. But unless something very substantial changes in the campaign over the coming weeks, the proposal to repeal the amendment, and liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws, will be passed.
Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll: Nothing can be taken for granted
A successful campaign for the repeal movement will take not just commitment to stay the course for the next five weeks, but discipline and realism
April 20, 2018
The findings of today’s latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll will come as welcome reassurance to those who wish to see a change in Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws. However, they should take nothing for granted. There are five weeks from today until polling day in the referendum. It will be an intense and hard-fought campaign.
Today’s findings, however, suggest that the repeal campaign is in the driving seat. Just under half - 47 per cent - of all voters now say they will vote in favour of removing the constitutional ban on abortion, while 28 per cent say they will vote against the measure.
‘Irish Times’ poll: Clear shift in attitude to abortion since 2013
Survey suggests majority will vote ‘Yes’ but making predictions is fraught with risk
April 19, 2018
Today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll provides an early indication of public opinion and voting intentions in the forthcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
Albeit early in the campaign, a significant majority of those declaring their intentions are in favour of repeal – 63 per cent Yes, compared with 37 per cent No when unlikely and undecided voters are excluded.
‘Irish Times’ poll: Public favour repeal of Eighth despite slip in support
Strong backing for removing constitutional ban on abortion but fifth of voters undecided
April 19, 2018
The repeal side maintains a strong lead in the abortion referendum campaign with today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll suggesting there is a clear majority in favour of removing the constitutional ban on abortion.
Although support for repeal has slipped somewhat since the last poll in January, there is no growth in the support for retaining the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, while a fifth of voters say they have yet to make up their minds.