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July 5, 2018 / Press Releases

New Poll: Voters in Key States Oppose SCOTUS Nominee Who Would End Roe v. Wade; Senators Who Vote for Such a Nominee Would Face Peril


For Immediate Release: July 5, 2018
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

new national poll, conducted on behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice America by Public Policy Polling in key states, finds that the majority of voters, including nearly two-thirds of independent voters, do not want to see Roe v. Wade ended, and would oppose any nominee to the Supreme Court who would overturn it.

The poll also found that senators who vote for such a nominee would face peril in their upcoming election.

The poll surveyed voters in red and purple states, Alaska, Florida, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, and Texas, between June 29 and July 1.

When asked whether or not they would like to see the Supreme Court completely overturn Roe v. Wade and outlaw a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion, 54% of voters in red and purple states said they would not, compared to only 30% who would like to see the landmark decision overturned–a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Public support for Roe also extended across party lines, with 73% of Democrats, 60% of Independents, and 33% of Republicans in favor of protecting Roe.

A majority of voters, 55%, say they would oppose President Trump nominating someone to the Supreme Court who would vote to completely overturn Roe v. Wade—including 79% of Democrats and 62% of independents. Additionally, the majority of voters, 55%, said they would be less likely to support their senator if they voted to confirm a candidate to the Supreme Court who would completely overturn Roe and criminalize abortion.

President Trump has promised over and over again to appoint Supreme Court justices who will work to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“This poll should send a signal to every senator: anyone that votes for Donald Trump’s nominee will be voting to end Roe, criminalize abortion, and punish women, and doing so is against the express wishes of their constituents,” said NARAL President Ilyse Hogue. “We are the majority and it is well past time that the Senate figures that out.”

The poll surveyed voters in key states, including Alaska, Florida, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, and Texas:

  • 56% of Alaska voters would not like to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, and 53% are less likely to support their senator if they voted to confirm a candidate that would overturn Roe. 66% of Independents also oppose President Trump nominating someone to the Supreme Court who would vote to completely overturn Roe v. Wade – thus criminalizing abortion.

  • 55% of Florida voters would not like to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, and 57% are less likely to support their senator if they voted to confirm a candidate that would overturn Roe. 74% of Independents also oppose President Trump nominating someone to the Supreme Court who would vote to completely overturn Roe v. Wade – thus criminalizing abortion.

  • 63% of Maine voters would not like to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, and 62% are less likely to support their senator if they voted to confirm a candidate that would overturn Roe. 67% of Independents also oppose President Trump nominating someone to the Supreme Court who would vote to completely overturn Roe v. Wade – thus criminalizing abortion.

  • 49% of Missouri voters would not like to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, and 51% are less likely to support their senator if they voted to confirm a candidate that would overturn Roe. 46% of Independents also oppose President Trump nominating someone to the Supreme Court who would vote to completely overturn Roe v. Wade – thus criminalizing abortion.

  • 50% of Montana voters would not like to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, and 52% are less likely to support their senator if they voted to confirm a candidate that would overturn Roe. 57% of Independents also oppose President Trump nominating someone to the Supreme Court who would vote to completely overturn Roe v. Wade – thus criminalizing abortion.

  • 55% of Nevada voters would not like to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, and 56% are less likely to support their senator if they voted to confirm a candidate that would overturn Roe. 69% of Independents also oppose President Trump nominating someone to the Supreme Court who would vote to completely overturn Roe v. Wade – thus criminalizing abortion.

  • 47% of Texas voters would not like to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, and 50% are less likely to support their senator if they voted to confirm a candidate that would overturn Roe. 56% of Independents also oppose President Trump nominating someone to the Supreme Court who would vote to completely overturn Roe v. Wade – thus criminalizing abortion.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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