June 24, 2022

Majority of Americans prefer political candidates who support abortion: Reuters/Ipsos poll

A police officer watches as pro-life, pro-choice supporters demonstrate to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court abortion decision Roe v. Wade in Washington, January 24, 2011. REUTERS / Jim Young

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WASHINGTON, May 3 (Reuters) – Nearly two-thirds of Americans said they were more likely to support candidates who support abortion rights in November’s midterm elections, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows. done on Tuesday.

The poll of 998 voters also found that a plurality of Americans — 41% — said the country would be a worse place to live if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade of 1973 which established the right to abortion throughout the country.

It was conducted hours after a draft notice was issued by the highest court signaling that judges were prepared to do just that. The court confirmed on Tuesday that the opinion was genuine but also said it was not final. Read more

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Some 63% of respondents, including 78% of Democrats and 49% of Republicans, said they were more likely to support candidates who support abortion rights in the Nov. 8 election that will determine Congress’ control over the next two years.

The impending Supreme Court decision, which is expected to be delivered by the end of June, represents the result of years of work by Republicans to cement a 6-3 conservative majority in the High Court, and 51% of Republicans polled have said they were less likely to vote. for a candidate who supports abortion rights.

The court ruling could change the dynamics of the election, in which Republicans had been heavily favored to regain control of at least one house of Congress, allowing them to block Democratic President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.

The poll found that 41% of Americans thought the repeal of Roe v. Wade would make America a worse place to live. Republicans were split on that, with 28% saying it would make things worse, 29% saying it would make things better, and 36% having no opinion.

The poll reflects Americans’ overall divisions on abortion: 52% of respondents said it should be legal in most or all cases, while 40% said it should be illegal in most cases. or in any case.

The poll had an internal credibility, a measure of accuracy, of 3.8 percentage points.

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Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Scott Malone and Howard Goller

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