Poll: Majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade
A majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, a new Quinnipac University poll found.
The poll found that 63 percent of respondents agree with the court decision, compared with 31 percent who don’t.
While 58 percent of Republicans disagree with the court case, a majority of every other group by party, gender, education, age and racial group agrees with it, according to the poll.
There is only a slight gender difference, the poll found: 65 percent of women agree with the case compared to 61 percent of men.
Roe v. Wade has moved to the forefront of the national conversation over the past several days as President Trump gears up to nominate a replacement of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Many Democrats have expressed concern that Trump’s pick could vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and tilt the court’s scale to the right for the foreseeable future.
“You’re not just voting on if you think Trump should have his nominee,” Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said on Sunday. “You’re voting on whether that nominee is going to change precedent when it comes to a whole host of issues — [including] a woman’s right to choose.”
Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), an abortion rights supporting Republican whose vote is key to confirming Trump’s nominee, said she will not support a candidate that is openly against Roe v. Wade.
Collins has voiced skepticism that the Supreme Court will overturn the Roe v. Wade regardless of Kennedy’s replacement.
“A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don’t want to see a judge have, and that would indicate to me a failure to respect precedent,” Collins said on ABC’s “This Week.”
The Quinnipiac poll was conducted from June 27 to July 1, surveyed 1,020 voters nationwide and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.