By Dave Andrusko
A poll of 950 likely Missouri voters conducted by St. Louis University/YouGov found that 56% of Missourians support HB 126, the “Heartbeat Bill” passed by the Missouri General Assembly in 2019. Only 33% did not agree in a poll conducted July 19-29.
The question (one among many) asked whether the respondent agreed or disagreed with this statement: “The Missouri state government should prohibit abortions after 8 weeks of pregnancy.”
There was no discernible difference among men [55% support] and women [57% ]. While Republicans were the most supportive [79%], more than half [54%] of Independents also agreed. In addition, almost exactly one-third [32%] of Democrats agreed as well.
The results of this poll are in line with the outcome of a November 2019 poll conducted by Remington Research Group and Missouri Scout. That survey asked 1,641 likely 2020 General Election voters if they supported HB 126 which “prohibits abortions at eight weeks of gestation (at which time there is a medically discernible heartbeat), except in medical emergencies.” The response was 61% in support compared to 29% who did not support.
Again, virtually identical numbers of men [63%] and women [60%] supported HB 126, which is part of the omnibus “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act.”