Dem pollster says there is not a 50-50 split on abortion among Americans

Democratic pollster Pia Nargundkar said on Friday that there is not a 50-50 split on the issue of abortion, saying that most Americans accept Roe v. Wade, which originally legalized abortion, as law. 

"I think when you ask about the heart of the matter, should Roe v. Wade be overturned? Should abortion be illegal? Should a woman be punished for having an abortion, since that's the end result of it being illegal, voters are not there," Nargundkar, a senior associate at ALG Research, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"They accept Roe v. Wade as law, they don't want it overturned. They accept abortion with some restrictions, and they don't think a woman should be punished for making choices about her body," she continued. 

"So I think when you look at it that way, it's not a 50-50 divide like some people might want to portray it," she said. 

A Marist poll released this week found that 55 percent of respondents identified as pro-choice, while 38 percent identified as pro-life. 

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted last year found that 71 percent of Americans believe that Roe v. Wade should not be overturned, including 52 percent of GOP voters.

Thousands of pro-life supporters have taken to the streets of Washington, D.C., on Friday for the annual March for Life to pressure lawmakers on the issue of repealing abortion rights. 

— Julia Manchester