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69 percent oppose overturning Roe v. Wade: CNN poll

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A majority of Americans oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established a person’s constitutional right to abortion. 

A poll conducted by CNN found that 69 percent of respondents said that they did not want to see the 1973 decision overturned. Thirty percent of respondents said that they would like to see Roe overturned and 1 percent had no opinion on the issue. 

Thirty-two percent of respondents said that if the decision was overturned, that abortions would become harder to obtain, but not completely banned in the area that they lived. Thirty percent said they were not sure how abortion access would be affected, and 23 percent said that abortions would likely be banned completely in they area where they lived. Just 14 percent said it would likely not become harder to get an abortion in the area where they lived. 

The survey also asked respondents if they would prefer their state have more restrictive or permissive laws regarding abortion if Roe v. Wade was overturned. Forty percent of respondents said they would prefer their state to have more restrictive abortion laws, while 59 percent said they would prefer their state to have more permissive abortion laws.

The issue of abortion has once again dominated political debate in recent months after the Supreme Court allowed a restrictive abortion law to take effect in Texas. The law would prohibit a person from getting an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. However, many people do not know that they are pregnant until after the six-week mark. 

The Supreme Court on Thursday yet again rebuffed abortion providers’ latest legal maneuver in their challenge to Texas’s law. 

The CNN poll was conducted from Jan. 13-18 among a sample of 1,000 participants. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points. 

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