Majorities disapprove of Roe vs. Wade toppling and Democrats are motivated, polls show

In a new Monmouth University survey released Tuesday, 60% of American adults disapprove of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, with only 37% approval. There is also a significant difference in intensity: 53% of Americans strongly disapprove of the judgment, including 84% of Democrats, against 29% who strongly approve of it, including 58% of Republicans.

In the CBS/YouGov survey, 52% overall call the move a step backwards for America, compared to 31% who see it as a step forward. In this poll, 51% also say it will make life worse for most American women, compared to 18% who say it will make life better.

Democrats are more likely to call it a step backwards (77%) than Republicans say it’s a step forward (64%), and while three-quarters of Democrats say it will make women’s lives worse (76%), only 33% of Republicans consider that the decision improves the lives of American women.

Just under half of American adults, 46%, say they would be very bothered if abortion were banned in some states, according to the Monmouth poll, with Democrats 60 percentage points more likely than Republicans to say that would be bothered a lot, 78% versus 18%.

An 85% majority say any such state ban should include exceptions for rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger; 72% say they would be very bothered if state abortion bans did not include such exceptions.

It is still too early to draw firm conclusions about the effect the decision may have on the outcome of the midterm elections. Future polls will show whether the decision leads to meaningful and lasting changes, either to which party voters prefer or to which side voters are most likely to go.

Most Democrats in the CBS/YouGov poll report the decision made them upset (78%) and angry (72%), while a somewhat smaller majority of Republicans describe themselves as happy (60%).

Half (50%) of Democrats said in the CBS/YouGov poll that the decision makes them more likely to vote midterm, compared with just 20% of Republicans who said the same. While this question does not provide a precise measure of actual changes in voters’ intention to turn out, it does suggest that Democrats are currently more likely than Republicans to view the Supreme Court’s decision as a good reason to vote more. late this year.


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