“Three quarters of Americans, including a majority who identify as prochoice, want significant restrictions on abortion.”
WASHINGTON – Each January, the Knights of Columbus (KOC) release their annual poll on Americans’ opinions on abortion. They did so today, and the results are not only very encouraging, the poll probes areas no other survey takes the time to check.
“This polling continues to show that a majority of Americans do not support the sweeping pro-abortion changes to law that are sought by President Biden and the Democrat Congress,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Pursuit of this radical pro-abortion agenda shows just how out of touch they are with their constituents.”
There are multiple highlights:
One of the points of conflict between the new pro-abortion Biden/Harris administration and most of America is federal funding of abortion. The Hyde Amendment is a prime pro-abortion target. The baseline number in the Marist poll who “oppose using tax dollars to pay for a woman’s abortion”—58% —is solid and consistent with prior polling. What is noticeable is that 65% of Independents and even 31% of Democrats oppose federal funding of abortion.
When it comes to support/oppose “using tax dollars to support abortion in other countries”—another point of conflict – a majority of 77% opposes. That includes more than six in ten of those who identify as pro-choice (64%).
A new front in the abortion battle is banning abortion when the reason the child is targeted for death is a diagnosis of Down syndrome. Of the 1,173 adults surveyed, 70% “oppose abortion due to the expectation a child will be born with Down syndrome.”
Another issue on the radar of pro-abortion ideologues is that U.S. Supreme Court may seriously revisit or even “overturn Roe v. Wade.” What is the public’s view? In summary, “65% want Roe v. Wade reinterpreted to either send the issue back to the states (48%) or stop legalized abortion (17%).”
Less than a third (31%) want to “allow abortion to be legal without restriction at any time.”
The importance of the following response would be difficult to overstate. The public, when given the option, believes in win-win solutions: 80% say “it is possible to have laws which protect both the health and well-being of a woman and the child.” Only 14% agree “it is necessary for laws to choose to protect one and not the other.
The poll, conducted January 11-13, breaks out the conditions under which the public says abortion should be available. A summary of the questions is “Three quarters of Americans, including a majority who identify as prochoice, want significant restrictions on abortion.”
A total of 51% say abortion “should never be permitted under any circumstance” (12%); “only to save the life of the mother” (11%); or “only in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother “(28%.)
Another 25% would allow abortion “only during the first three months of a pregnancy.”
Only 15% said abortion should be “available to a woman any time during her entire pregnancy.” As recently as last August, that figure was 22%.
By a 15-point margin (55% to 40%), respondents support banning abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except to save the life of the mother. That includes not only 69% support among pro-lifers but also 55% among Independents and 45% among those who self-identified as pro-choice.