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.


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 BidenTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Warren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails 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 SandersWarren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Sanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Democratic strategist: Sanders seeking distance from Warren could 'backfire' MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisClinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Poll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Trump declines to participate in Weather Channel 2020 climate change special MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow On The Money: Trump dismisses 'phony Emoluments Clause' after Doral criticism | Senate Dems signal support for domestic spending package | House panel to consider vaping tax MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerPoll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Trump declines to participate in Weather Channel 2020 climate change special Bennet: Warren 'not being honest about' her 'Medicare for All' plan MORE (D-N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick 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.