Majority of adults don’t want Roe vs. Wade canceled :: WRAL.com
WASHINGTON – New data from the NBC News weekly tracking poll shows | SurveyMonkey, a majority of American adults say they do not support the Supreme Court which overturns Roe v. Wade.
Sixty-six percent of adults say they don’t believe the Supreme Court should completely overturn the ruling that established a woman’s right to have an abortion at least during the first three months of a pregnancy. Twenty-nine percent of adults say they want the court to overturn the decision completely.
The landmark 1973 ruling concluded that a woman’s constitutional right to privacy protected her choice to have an abortion, although it also allowed states to more tightly regulate access to abortion after the first trimester.
Prior to the 1973 decision, states had virtually no restrictions on their ability to regulate access to abortion at any time during pregnancy.
Democrats are overwhelmingly in favor of preserving the ruling – 86% say it shouldn’t be overturned while 12% think Roe should be overturned.
The independents feel the same – 71% want to uphold the decision, while 25% want to see Roe overturned.
Republicans are virtually divided, with 50% supporting a move that would overturn Roe and 47% saying it shouldn’t be overturned.
The data comes after President Trump appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court seat vacated following the death of Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The appointment sparked questions about whether a more conservative court might reconsider issues such as abortion – President Trump has said he will only appoint pro-life judges to sit on the court.
In a 2013 Texas Law Review article, Barrett quoted Roe v. Wade when she wrote: “If anything, the public response to controversial cases like Roe (v. Wade) reflects the public rejection of the proposition that (precedent) can declare a permanent winner in a constitutional struggle that divides rather than the desire that the precedent remains forever unchanged.
Barrett, however, said she didn’t think the Supreme Court would nullify abortion rights entirely – on the contrary, the court could change state power in regulating abortions.
Speaking at the University of Notre Dame in 2013, Barrett said: “The fundamental element, that a woman has the right to choose abortion, will likely remain standing.” And in 2016, she said, “I don’t think abortion or the right to abortion would change. I think some restrictions would change. “
After appointing Barrett, Trump said in an interview with Fox and Friends that with Barrett in court, the cancellation of Roe v. Wade was possible.
“It is certainly possible. And maybe they do it in a different way. Maybe they would give it back to the States. You just don’t know what’s going to happen, ”he said.
Many conservatives have been pushing for court to reconsider Roe – Republican Senator from Missouri, Josh Hawley, tweeted earlier this month that he would only vote for Supreme Court candidates who believe “Roe was badly decided ”.
And several states have attempted to limit access to abortion by pushing for so-called “heartbeat” laws and regulations on abortion clinics.
The new data tracks along with other polls that show the majority of Americans don’t want to see Roe v. Wade completely canceled and generally agree with the right of women to have an abortion with certain restrictions.
There is also a timing controversy over Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court. A Washington Post / ABC News poll last week found that 57% of Americans believe the candidate who wins the Nov. 3 election should fill the vacant seat on the court. And two NBC News / Marist College polls showed a majority of likely voters in Michigan and Wisconsin agreed the presidential winner should make the nomination.
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, announced that Barrett’s confirmation hearings would begin on October 12 – just 22 days before the presidential election. Republicans have drawn the ire of Democrats for making progress in the nomination and confirmation process on the eve of the election after blocking the nomination of Merrick Garland by former President Barack Obama in March 2016.
While Democrats have vowed to try to block Barrett’s confirmation, only two Republican Senators – Maine Senator Susan Collins and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski – joined in saying a candidate should not be. confirmed that after the election, so there is little Democrats can do to delay the process.
The data comes from a set of SurveyMonkey online surveys conducted September 21-27, 2020 among a national sample of 48,241 adults in the U.S. Respondents were selected from more than 2 million people who respond to the survey every day. surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform. The modeled error estimate for this survey is plus or minus 1.0 percentage point. Data were weighted for age, race, gender, education, and geography using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to reflect the demographic makeup of older U.S. 18 years and over.