Poll: More Americans say abortion stance would stop them from voting for candidates

More Americans in a new poll say they wouldn’t vote for a candidate who doesn’t share their views on abortion, a critical issue rising among women as conservative legislatures pass strict abortion restrictions.

Three in 10 Americans surveyed said that they would only vote for a candidate running for a major office if they shared the same views on abortion, according to the CNN poll released Thursday.

That percentage is higher than any time CNN has polled on this topic since 1996, the network noted.

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Gender was the biggest contributing factor in the poll, not political party, it added.

Thirty-three percent of all women — including 42 percent of independent women and 39 percent of nonwhite women — consider abortion a critical issue.

Only 26 percent of men said the same in the poll.

That compares to the 33 percent of independents, 29 percent of Democrats and 28 percent of Republicans who said that abortion views are a decisive factor for potential candidates.

Twenty percent overall say they don't see abortion as a major issue. Forty-five percent said they would consider a candidate’s stance on abortion, but would not base their votes on it, according to the CNN poll.

The poll was released after Democratic front-runner former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE's campaign confirmed Wednesday that he still supports a controversial ban prohibiting the use of federal funds for certain abortion services. 

He is the only Democrat running for president in 2020 who supports the Hyde Amendment.

Contenders vying for the party's nomination distanced themselves from Biden’s stance. 

Other front-runners, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country The American disease and death bowls MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerPatrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' Booker ahead of Trump impeachment trial: 'History has its eyes on us' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE (D-N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 MORE (D-N.Y.), have all said they support repealing it. The Democratic National Committee also included repealing the Hyde Amendment in its 2016 platform. 

The poll also comes after a series of GOP-majority legislatures in Georgia, Alabama, Missouri and other sates enacted laws sharply restricting abortion access.

The laws were designed to challenge the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion nationwide.

The CNN Poll was conducted by SSRS May 28-31 among a random national sample of 1,006 adults. It has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.