Support for Legalized Abortion Grows Since Dobbs Ruling, WSJ Poll Shows

More than half of voters said the issue made them more likely to cast ballots in the midterm elections; majorities oppose 6-week and 15-week abortion bans

By Catherine Lucey
Sept. 3, 2022

WASHINGTON—Voters have grown more supportive of legalizing abortion following the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, with a clear majority opposing restrictions, like bans at a certain point of pregnancy or barring women from traveling to get a legal abortion, according to a new Wall Street Journal poll that underscores the importance of the issue in the midterm elections.

According to the survey, 60% of voters said abortion should be legal in all or most cases, up from 55% in March. Another 29% said it should be illegal, except in cases of rape, incest and when the woman’s life is endangered, compared with 30% in March. And 6% said it should be illegal in all cases, down from 11% in March.


Majority of Canadians support abortion access but less so for younger age groups: poll

By Irelyne Lavery, Global News
July 29, 2022

Although support for abortion access has increased over the last decade in Canada, it wavers for younger age groups, a new poll suggests.

The Ipsos poll, conducted exclusively for Global News and released Friday, found that a majority of Canadians support access to abortion whenever it’s wanted.


Support for abortion rights hits new high as midterm outlook is grim for Democrats

63% oppose overturning Roe v. Wade and Democratic enthusiasm ticks up in a new NBC News poll, but Biden's job approval rating falls to 39% amid economic worries.

May 15, 2022
By Mark Murray

WASHINGTON — Support for abortion rights has reached a record high, and nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, according to a new national NBC News poll conducted after the leak of a draft opinion that would strike down the constitutional right to abortion.

What’s more, the survey finds abortion climbing up the list of issues that Americans believe are the most important, and that Democratic interest in the upcoming midterms has increased since earlier this year.


More Americans Support 15-Week Abortion Ban—But Don’t Want Stricter Restrictions—Poll Finds

Alison Durkee, Forbes Staff
Apr 1, 2022

TOPLINE A slightly larger share of Americans supports a 15-week abortion ban—which more states are passing and the Supreme Court could soon greenlight—than oppose it, a new Wall Street Journal poll finds, even as most still want abortion to be legal before that point.

The poll found 48% of respondents at least somewhat support restricting abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, while 43% oppose it.
The share of those who strongly oppose a 15-week ban is higher than the share that strongly support it, however (34% versus 31%).


USA – Abortion rights jump to a top priority for Democrats in a new poll

January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — With Roe v. Wade facing its strongest threat in decades, a new poll finds Democrats increasingly view protecting abortion rights as a high priority for the government.

Thirteen percent of Democrats mentioned abortion or reproductive rights as one of the issues they want the federal government to address in 2022, according to a December poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That's up from less than 1% of Democrats who named it as a priority for 2021 and 3% who listed it in 2020.


Poles becoming more socially liberal, with growing support for LGBT rights and abortion: poll

AUG 6, 2021

Poles are becoming more socially liberal and opposed to the privileged status the Catholic church enjoys in relations with the state, according to the latest findings from long-term polling by CBOS, a state research agency.

Support for legal access to abortion has reached 41% – a rise of 12 percentage points since 2019 and the highest figure since 1999. By contrast, 29% favour the legal prohibition of abortion, down 10 percentage points since two years ago, reports the Polish Press Agency (PAP).


Most Poles support less restrictive abortion laws

MARCH 01, 2021

The majority of Poles are in favour of more
liberal abortion laws, according to a new poll published today.

The IBRIS poll found that 78 percent want less-restrictive laws, while
10 percent of those polled want the practice outlawed altogether. Just 12 percent
opted for the current system, which allows terminations only when the pregnancy
is the result of rape or incest, or when it threatens the health or life of the


Silent majority’ of Poles favor strict abortion law

Anna Maria Jakubek, Agence France-Presse Warsaw
Sun, November 29, 2020

While mass protests against a court verdict backing a near-total ban on abortion have taken on an increasingly political flavor in Poland, the devout Catholic country is far from turning pro-choice.

Surveys show that Poles have grown comfortable with existing abortion legislation - among Europe's most restrictive - adopted in 1993 as part of a church-state compromise after the collapse of communism.


Protests against abortion ban backed by vast majority of Poles

NOVEMBER 19, 2020

Seventy percent of Poles support the ongoing mass street demonstrations against the top court ruling which would see almost all abortions made illegal in Poland, a recent survey by the Kantar pollster shows.

The protests have been ongoing since October 22 when a ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal halted pregnancy terminations for foetal abnormalities, one of the few legal grounds left for abortion in the country. Under enormous pressure, the Polish government has delayed implementation of the controversial ruling.


8 key findings about Catholics and abortion

OCTOBER 20, 2020

As the Senate prepares to vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, public attention has focused on her Catholic faith and, in particular, her stance on abortion rights.

Some critics, citing Barrett’s past rulings on abortion, have questioned her views on Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established a woman’s right to abortion. Others have connected Barrett’s legal opinions to her embrace of Catholic teachings, which prohibit abortion. During Senate hearings last week, Barrett declined to give specific answers about her stance on Roe v. Wade, saying that she does not have “any agenda.” If she is confirmed, Barrett will be the sixth Catholic justice on the court.