A 59% majority of American adults disapprove, with 41% approving. About half (52%) call the move a step backwards for America, with 31% calling it a step forward and 17% saying it’s neither.
Among women, two-thirds (67%) disapprove of the decision, with only 33% approving. A 56% majority of women say the decision will make the lives of most American women worse.
A 58% majority of Americans say they favor a federal law making abortion legal nationwide, while 42% would oppose it. And 64% say they wish abortion in their states were legal in most or all cases.
The CBS News/YouGov poll polled a nationally representative sample of 1,591 adults on June 24-25 after the Supreme Court’s ruling was released. Although this is a relatively short field period for a poll, the results provide a first glimpse of public reaction. The margin of sampling error for the survey is ±3.0 points.