65% of U.S. Adults Want Restrictions on Abortions

Craig Bannister | September 15, 2022 | 12:02pm EDT
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As the Biden Administration and Democrats fight state efforts to restrict or ban abortion, a new national survey finds that two-thirds of adults want restrictions on the procedure to end the life of an unborn child.

The national survey of 20,799 U.S. adults by The 19th and SurveyMonkey, conducted from August 22 through August 29, reveals that less than a third (31%) think abortion should be “legal in all cases.” But, two-thirds (65%) believe it should have at least some restrictions, including 10% who want an outright ban “in all cases.”

Results are remarkably consistent among demographic groups, such as age, race/ethnicity, education, income and caregiver.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of Independents and 86% of Republicans and those who lean Republican think there should be limitations on abortion, compared to about half (47%) of Democrats/leaners. Among female respondents, 61% say abortion should be restricted, compared to 70% of males.

While Democrats are counting on the issue of abortion to tip November’s midterm elections in their favor, survey results show that the issue of abortion isn’t a much of a motivator influencing respondents’ decision to vote.

“Jobs and the economy” (24%) and “preserving democracy” (24%) tied for the top response to the question of “What is motivating you the most to vote?” – more than three times the 7% who said “abortion” is their main reason for voting. Ten percent (10%) of Democrats cited abortion as their biggest motivation, compared to 8% of Independents and just 3% of Republicans.

Regardless of their party affiliation, however, U.S. adults don’t have much confidence that “Politicians are informed enough about abortion to create fair policies.”

Fully 70% of all respondents say politicians don’t know enough about the issue to create just policies regarding abortion, including 44% who “strongly disagree” that they do possess the knowledge they need to do so.

About a quarter (27%) of adults think politicians are adequately informed, including 9% who have strong confidence that politicians know enough to create proper policies.

The issue of abortion has become a more hotly contested political issue this year, due to the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, which has left Democrat politicians furious that the question of whether abortion should be restricted or banned is now decided by the individual states.

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